The Adaptation Of Trevor Nunn's Macbeth

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In 1978 Trevor Nunn directed a Macbeth film that is frequently considered being the definitive Macbeth film. This film stars Ian McKellen and Judi Dench. It was based on a Royal Shakespeare Company stage creation of Macbeth that was brilliant success. Trevor Nunn stays faithful to the content of the play and the interplay between the light and the darkness is more than striking in his adaptation of Macbeth.

To create a puzzling and peculiar ambience for the viewers, the scene is played in total darkness. Everybody is wearing black, which gives the feeling that wickedness and gloominess are fully part of the scene. Hell is surrounding Lady Macbeth. Except, naturally, of the white color that appears on the gentlewoman's wimple indicating that
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From the narrative we can not figure out what the gentlewoman's actual sentiments are towards Lady Macbeth. It could either be a sentiment of compassion or simply feelings of insensibility towards her. In this specific peformance Trevor Nunn has picked the lines to be conveyed so as we can plainly see that the nun demonstrates no sympathy towards Lady Macbeth all through the scene. Because of the way she is dressed and by the fact she is insensitive towards Lady Macbeth's state we can translate that this is done to symbolize the Christianity's disapprobation of what Lady Macbeth and Macbeth have done. This understanding of the surroundings can occasion our interpretation to the fact that God is looking downwards on them. Yet, the doctor, inherently seems disturbed and talks with incredulity of what Lady Macbeth has …show more content…
As Lady Macbeth enters the scene the two other characters are already there. The only light in this scene comes from her candlestick. She is surrounded by darkness which in this case represents the murky hell she is in. Judi Dench's performance is just outstanding, we can easily see Lady Macbeth's distress just through her facial expressions. Judi Dench's representation contains a soul-stirring scream on the word “still” from the line “Here's the smell of the blood still”. “To have blood on your hands” is a famous turn of phrase that translates that you are responsible of someone's death. In this case Lady Macbeth really sees and smells the blood her and her husband have shed. The shriek on the word “still” reveals the fact that it is not the first time she is trying to get the blood off her hands and that she acknowledges the fact that the blood will remain. This line is followed by a cry of pain, a cry of distress. This moment is the only thing that differs from the original scene. Her haunting scream, that sounds just like nails scrapping down a blackboard, replaces a quiet weep (“Oh oh oh”) from the original Lady Macbeth. While her distress is coming out of her mouth her head swings backwards, therefore we can no longer see the candle stick in front of her. She is surrounded by darkness which reveal once again the place she is in: hell. Her approximative 30-second scream is followed by the doctor's

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