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Comparison between Roman Polanski’s Macbeth and Macbeth on the Estate

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Chris Hurst English Coursework Essay - Comparison between Roman Polanski's Macbeth and Macbeth on the Estate Write and analysis of the two different film interpretations of Macbeth exploring dramatic qualities and social, cultural and historical contexts. Introduction I am going to discuss the difference between Macbeth on the Estate, which is set on a Birmingham housing estate, and Roman Polanski's Macbeth set in Scotland. Macbeth on the estate is set in the early 1990's and has similar issues that are brought up in modern day life. Roman Polanski's version of Macbeth is set in the 11th century and is the closer of the two to the actual play that Shakespeare probably produced. I shall be comparing the two versions of Macbeth in detail looking at language used in the play, certain events that occur and how the different plays interpret them from the original play, the ways the films create tension and atmosphere using such style and technology not available in the days of Shakespeare and how different characters are portrayed in the film. I feel that Roman Polanski wanted to put Macbeth on the big screen to show the public the amazing imagination that Shakespeare had, therefore his version has to be as close as possible to the real version seen on stages in the past. Ronan Polanski uses old language and creates a feeling of the past by using his surroundings with no modernisation involved so that then the film looked and felt as though it had just been recorded straight from when it happened and not recreated. ...read more.

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She becomes more psychotic toward the end of the film, probably due to losing a child then all the things happening around her. She drives herself to suicide and does not seem to hesitate when committing it, which again shows that she is a strong person. Chris Hurst Directors Idea's - Atmosphere structure In Ronan Polanski's version he uses mainly the feature of his surroundings and music to create a feeling of tension. If he wants to create eeriness about the characters on the screen he uses effects such as smoke on the floor to make it seem unnatural, which makes us feel scared or put off by the presence of this character. He uses smoke at its best on the witches right at the start when they are on the beach chanting witchcraft of some sort. If the witches had not been surrounded by smoke then they would appear near enough normal. They were surrounded by smoke though, this makes us feel that they are not normal and seem to be floating on the smoke therefore creating a feeling of wickedness about them. Polanski also uses music to emphasize certain actions. The best example of this being when Macbeth is stabbing the king and he uses short harp tambourine sounds as the knife penetrates the king's skin. This creates a feeling that the character is doing more than he actually is and doing it with more purpose than just to stab him. ...read more.

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They have a room in a flat, which is decorated with all kinds of witchcraft items. When they first appear they just shout Macbeth when he is outside, probably toying with him so that he would put up a chase so then they can talk to him. When they do first shout his name when he is walking past the flat it already seems slightly peculiar about there actions, the way they are somewhere then appear somewhere else a sense of uncertainty is created from the moment they first appear. Chris Hurst Conclusion If Shakespeare could see both of these films at the time he had wrote his play then I would expect him to laugh at Macbeth on the Estate and absolutely love Polanski's version because I imagine that Polanski has just created Shakespeare's version but on a film instead of a play format. Then again though, if Shakespeare had seen both plays after experiencing modern day life I would expect him to consider Macbeth on the Estate a little more seriously and with more respect to what the producer has tried to accomplish. If Shakespeare lived in modern day life I presume he would prefer to watch Macbeth on the Estate because it would relate closely to his life compared to Polanski's version. Basically Shakespeare would like both versions but the tables would turn either way depending on what time period he lived in so that each one would relate more to that period of time. ...read more.

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