Comparing Machbeth's films

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Macbeth is among the most famous of Shakespeare's plays, and his most well known tragedy, believed to have been written between 1603 and 1606. It has also been adapted for opera, film, books, stage and screen. Roman Polanski directed the first major screen film of Macbeth, created in 1971. A further adaptation of Macbeth was directed by Geoffrey Wright in 2006. Both of these films, in particular the 2006 version, feature contrasting elements to the original play written by Shakespeare. Slight alterations to the plot, sometimes to give the storyline a more dramatic feel, are evident. A stark difference in the 2006 adaptation was the costumes and setting of the story. Instead of Scotland, the play is based in Melbourne’s modern underworld gangster setting. This essay will discuss in detail the differences between the three aforementioned versions of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The setting of Macbeth plays a crucial role in the storyline, but in the 2006 film, is altered significantly. The original play was clearly set in medieval Scotland, and it is believed to have been set in the timeframe of the 11th century. The text makes many references to castles as the surroundings, further reiterating the medieval setting. Polanski’s 1971 version uses settings which are trying to mirror the original play as closely as possible. The storyline takes place in the same timeframe as the text, and castles are very prevalent, which much of the story taking place within castle walls. Inside the castles, the sight of farm animals further reiterates the medieval setting. Vast open expanses of land, such as where Macbeth met the witches, are used in many scenes. The costumes used also have a strong medieval feel to them. Robes are seen in many scenes, and during the battle scenes, medieval weapons and armour such as chain mail, plate legs, shields, swords, and spears are seen. This medieval
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