Directing Macbeth

In the following rare production footage, Roman Polanski directs a scene from his visceral, breathtaking 1971 film version of Macbeth. The particularly challenging set piece he is creating depicts the crucial moment when Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane Hill, realizing one of the three witches’ prophesies. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the details of large-scale filmmaking. This is an excerpt from a 1971 documentary by Frank Simon, which can be seen in its entirety on Criterion’s edition of Macbeth.

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