Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Shakespeare Retold's Dagger Speech

Macbeth. Shakespeare Retold. Dir. Mark Brozel. Perf. James McAvoy, Keeley Hawes, and Richard Armitage. 2005. DVD. BBC, 2007.

If Kurosawa's dagger speech is entirely internalized, so is the version in the Shakespeare Retold Macbeth.

But this version (set in a restaurant of the highest tone) shows less of an internal debate and more of a cold-blooded determination:

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