Polanski wrought "Macbeth" out of deep despair and psychological depression two years after Sharon Tate was murdered. And this very dark and downbeat version of the Shakespeare tragedy shows us what he was going through.
A new Blu-ray of the 1971 film is out now from Criterion, which has excerpted a piece of the making-of doc "Toil and Trouble" in the video below. Watch as Polanski talks the freedom he found in mounting Shakespeare — and how he casted against type to heighten the film’s menacing mood. Actors also talk the late Jon Finch, who plays the title king.
Next year we’ll see Justin Kurzel’s take on the film, with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in the leading roles.