‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ Enters Oscar Race with Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington

On the opening day of The New York Film Festival, the Walter Reade Theatre was packed for the press screening and press conference for Joel Coen’s first solo outing, his adaptation of Shakespeare’s Scottish play, “Macbeth-2021-movie-posters/”>The Tragedy of Macbeth.” Encouraged over the years to direct a stage version of “Macbeth” by his wife, Frances McDormand, Coen finally succumbed after she played Lady Macbeth in a Berkeley Rep production.After watching some rehearsals, Coen started to see his way to doing it as a film, inspired more by Carl Dreyer and Roman Polanski than Orson Welles, Coen said.

The film is stripped down and overtly a play, but it’s also visual and aural and cinematic, shot by five-time Oscar nominee Bruno Delbonnel (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) in glorious black-and-white.“The Tragedy of Macbeth” does have that “Chimes of Midnight” foggy-set feel, as Coen got a kick out of figuring

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