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I see Macbeth as a young open-faced warrior who is gradually sucked into a whirlpool of events because of his ambition When he meets the weird sisters and hears their prophecy hes like the man who hopes to win a million--a gambler for high stakes You have to show violence the way it is If you dont show it realistically then thats immoral and harmful If you dont upset people then thats obscenity Quotes by Roman Polanski Roman Polanski well known not only as a french born actor and director of a number of films but also because of his controversial life Born to Jewish parents who were victims of the Holocaust Macbeth was his first studio project in 1971 after the traumatic death of his wife Sharon Tate who was brutally murdered by the Manson family Roman Polanski had seen his share of violence in the real world so its not too surprising that the Shakespearian play he decided to direct was Macbeth which portrays a series of bloody murders and a rapidly descent into madness Made shortly after the Sharon Tate murders theres a disturbing parallel when Macbeths gang of wild-eyed assassins butchers noble MacDuffs wife and children Not surprisingly an already grim and disturbing play was turned into a hellish nightmare on film reeking of corruption greed and needless bloodshed Fortunately its also one of the directors most brilliant films Although it is remarkably faithful to the original text with a few notable exceptions it takes a different view from the traditional theatrical interpretation Polanskis Macbeth gained notoriety in part through Lady Macbeths nude sleepwalking scene a choice inspiring much comment in 1971 Was the nudity really justified It has no textual justification but there is perhaps a case to be made It is difficult not to feel any sympathy for Lady Macbeth Viewing a film is a subjective experience and the presentation of Lady Macbeth is such that an audience
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