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Introduction What is drama? The Collins dictionary describes drama as a serious play for theatre, television or radio. Drama is enjoyed today as much if not more than in when it was invented. Everyone around the world in some time in their lives has relied on drama to bring pleasure, fear and entertainment. Millions of people have become famous and have earned their living through bringing drama to the public through the silver screen and through the small screen. Today drama has expanded from the stage that it started from. It is not necessary for people to have to purchase tickets and go to the theatre for all their entertainment needs. Today technology has helped drama mature. The public is able to view their favourite soap opera or comedy program on the television or on the Internet. William Shakespeare was and still today is believed to be the greatest playwright of all time. He had the ability to pack the theatre every night when he was performing in one of his 37 plays of comedies, histories and tragedies. Baz Ulhrman described him as being "incredibly popular" In the late 16th century Shakespeare's plays were the main for of entertainment for everyone in the land, not only the important people but the commoners as well. ...read more.


This film was made in 1971, The entrance for this film produces an eerie effect as the first shot is a panoramic view while the night's sky quickly turns today. There is a strange sound in the background but there is no speech. All that can be seen is seagulls in the background that are circling the sky waiting for prey. In the next scene three witches appear and begin to dig a hole on the beach where the scene is set. The witches do not say anything at all yet. The meaning behind this is to make the scene as strange as possible. They begin to put strange objects in the hole including a noose, a forearm and hand, a dagger and then to finish it off they sprinkle herbs on the ingredients then cover the hole up and pour blood on it. Polanski wants to get his thoughts on how evil the spell that is effecting the judgement of Macbeth somehow. Polanski's version of the opening scene sticks to the original script where the other film does not. "When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning or in rain?" The two lines above suggest that the witches have already completed what they had already planned to do. ...read more.


This scene is quite interesting as Orson Welles uses lines from another play at the beginning then goes into the Macbeth script to give the effect that the information that the witches were discussing was the main content and that the viewers just catch ending bit of their conversation. I prefer Polanski's version of Macbeth as it is eerie and very original and it stays away form the stereotypical witches. If I were to make a version of Macbeth by William Shakespeare I would set it in the present day in America and have the language of today to attract a younger audience as it is hard for people to understand Shakespeare by today's standards. Macbeth's kingdom would be territory of a gang boss in New York. King Duncan would be the previous head of the gang. To acquire the power of honour Macbeth would kill Duncan in the open to make sure that people do not mess with him. The witches would be women of the street that appear in alley ways when Macbeth is travelling from place to place and tell him secrets of different gangs and other information. The main story would stay the same with all the original characters within it. It would combine a William Shakespeare play with a modern action film as the way Romeo and Juliet was made a few years ago. ...read more.

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