The Oscars, the Films and everything in between.
Hitfix just posted these character posters for MacBeth with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
Damn, outrageously talented Michael Fassbender playing Macbeth in a film distributed by Weinstein and probably released right in the middle of Oscar season ? Could he be the one to beat ? Well, strictly on paper, sure. I can’t wait to see how this film will turn out.
And boy, could Marion Cotillard be an EPIC Lady Macbeth ! She seems to have a great year between this, her acclaimed turn in The Immigrant and her Cannes competition film Deux jours, une nuit…AND she has been long overdue for a second nomination.
The Best Actress race could be incredibly fierce this year : just from The Weinstein Company there is Marion Cotillard (Macbeth), Amy Adams (Big Eyes), Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara (Carol), Michelle Williams (Suite Francaise), Jessica Chastain (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby), Melissa McCarthy (St. Vincent), Keira Knightley (Begin Again + probably in supporting for The Imitation Game).
Then there is Nicole Kidman (Queen of the Desert), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Hilary Swank (The Homesman), Meryl Streep (Into the Woods), Carey Mulligan (Suffragette), Jessica Chastain again (Miss Julie), Jennifer Lawrence (Serena), Glenn Close (Duchess), Helen Mirren (The Hundred-Foot Journey), Reese Witherspoon (Wild) etc.
Top 10 Shakespeare on Film?
no particular order
Chimes at Midnight – Welles
Othello – Welles
Richard III – Olivier
Hamlet – Olivier
Throne of Blood – Kurosawa
Ran – Kurosawa
Macbeth – Polanski
Much Ado About Nothing – Branagh
Henry V – Branagh
Hamlet – Branagh
Romeo and Juliet – Zeffirelli
Romeo + Juliet – Luhrmann
Richard III – Loncraine
Titus – Taymor
Midsummer Night’s Dream – Reinhardt
O – special citation for fap-worthiness
You forgot Lion King is a version of Hamlet (After the death of his father, the son lives in exile while his Uncle assumes the throne and along the way he meets two wacky commoners.) The only difference is that Scar and Sarabi did not get married. . . . And there was no bloodbath at the end.
I loved “O” I completely forgot about it.
I can’t wait to see this.
Whoops, hit ‘post’ just when I had lost connection and lost my lengthy comment. Oh well. Just going to say I agree on every count, but I do give ‘O’ more credit than just being good eye candy — might not have the costumes, but it does get a lot of things right not the least of which is making a very *cinematic* adaptation, which if you know me, I tend to favor since it’s…cinema. Also, I’m not as sure as you are about Taymour’s TITUS, I tend to group it with the likes of Greenaways’ PROPEROS’S BOOKS and Almereyda’s HAMLET where I often went “well, that looks cool”.
I’m not gonna retype my whole list but my main additions would be Parker’s OTHERLLO, Polanski’s HAMLET, THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, and Kurosawa’s RAN — and MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO (ish, ish, I know I know)
Also cheating a bit with TV, but THE HOLLOW CROWN was A-level execution, and a stripped down shot-for-TV MACBETH with McKellen/Dench as leads is masterclass (I’m not saying it’s on YouTube)
I often went “well, that looks cool”.
confession: I can sometimes stop asking for much more if the look is cool enough.
Also cheating a bit with TV, but THE HOLLOW CROWN
this I need to see.
“I can sometimes stop asking for much more if the look is cool enough.”
I can relate; it is how I come to appreciate those three films.
Simply outstanding. These two should be electric and might even break the “Scottish play” curse and make money at the BO.
Ben Whishaw is a breathing and living dramatic greatness as Richard II in The Hollow Crown.
I also saw David Tennant play the bitchy king at the Barbican in January and ever since I have been in awe of him.
“Ben Whishaw is a breathing and living dramatic greatness as Richard II in The Hollow Crown”
It’s INSANE how good he is — blows it right out the flipping water! And don’t let me undersell Tom Hiddleston who is inexplicably fevered, but Whishaw is probably the best non-stage Shakespearean performance since Branagh in HENRY V. There, I said it.
alright alright, I’ll watch Richard II in The Hollow Crown tonight.
AD’s Shakespeare fanboys. smfh
Whishaw was fantastic in Hamlet (Old Vic, 2004), too. I saw it when I was 16, my first London theater experience. I knew it right then that he will probably “grow up” to be one of the best of his generation and though still criminally underrated/underused, I do believe he lived up to that promise with Bright Star, Brideshead Revisited, Perfume and Cloud Atlas. And the best part ? The best is yet to come !
Hey yeah, REVISITED wasn’t terrible at all. I though I was the only one. Whishaw was perfect, but I would have enjoyed it more with another actor playing the Goode part. I like him in some things (WATCHMEN, STOKER…you see where I’m going), but not that part, NOT THAT PART!
I can’t bring myself to say the O word just yet, but this film has all the ingredients, plus two cups of Weinstein added to the mix. We’ll see how this plays out, but I am so damn excited about seeing this. I have no idea what the release date is though. Anyone wanna take a guess? It won’t be ready for the fall festivals.
Zeferelli’s HAMLET is really quite good. wonderful cast and a credible job by Mel Gibson. it’s up there with the best. Alan Bates’ Claudius is my favorite. can’t wait to see this MACBETH.
i always wanted to see O’Toole do the Bard on film. also, Julie Andrews.