Review: The Tragedy of Macbeth Amy Colwell marvels at the visual spectacle of Joel Coen’s modernist, stark take on the classic Shakespearean tale of paranoia and betrayal. Joel Coen’s melancholic, haunting reimagining of Shakespeare’s Macbeth for A24 provides audiences with nearly two hours of brilliant visual spectacle. There is undeniable pressure that accompanies the production […]
Jim Norman considers the value of moving stories from stage to screen.
Shakespeare’s celebrated play of ambition, the supernatural, and a mad tyrant, iconically set in the scenic highlands of Scotland during the Middle Ages, is taken to Japan and transformed into an extraordinary cross-cultural adaptation by the late director Yukio Ninagawa. First performed at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1985, the play gave Ninagawa his name […]
I ought to preface this review with the statement “I do not speak any German”. Although one of my personal goals for my year abroad is to learn German, at this current junction of the year I can order a cup of tea and thank people, and that would be the end of it. However, whilst […]
Akira Kurosawa’s last great masterpiece, Ran, was released in 1985 as the most expensive Japanese film ever made. Blending the story of Shakespeare’s King Lear with the Japanese legend of Mori Motonari, it’s the tale of an aging warlord in sixteenth century Japan, tired and weary from decades on the throne. When he abdicates in favour of […]