The Macbeth Malediction

If we could believe to the legends, the drama of Shakespeare should not ever be staged. The drama is cursed. It gives bad luck to anyone, who is in contact with that. And – worst of all – the legend seems to be true. Thanks to the Malediction, Macbeth is only called “the Scottish Tragedy” or “that Play” among English actors, since saying its name brings bad luck itself. The strange events started on 26th December 1606, when Ha Berridge (actor of Lady Macbeth – the women’s role Read more [...]

Shakespeare – Macbeth – The 1971 Film

The 1971 Macbeth is an English-American adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous work. This is one of the most well-known adaptation of the story, the naturalism pof which was quite shocking in the time of the release. According to the legends of the film, this naturalism is due to a strange tragedy. Roman Polansky, the director of the film planned to travel to Los Angeles, but his visa was invalid. He had to stay in London for a weekend to renew it. While he was waiting for his papers, her beautiful Read more [...]

Shakespeare – Macbeth – The 1948 Film

This film is the adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous drama, Macbeth. This is an American film, made by Orson Welles, who initially wanted to adapt Othello, but he did not manage to find sponsors for that. Welles later changed to Macbeth, which he wanted to film in violent settings, as „a perfect cross between Wuthering Heights and Bride of Frankenstein.” Welles successfully convinced Herbert Yates, the head of Republic Pictures to help him in filming Macbeth. However, Republic was only Read more [...]

The Rape of Lucrece – a Study Guide

In his first narrative poem, Venus and Adonis. William Shakespeare added a note in the dedicatory letter to his patron, the Earl of Southampton, in which he promised to write a „graver work”. That is how The Rape of Lucrece, the longest narrative poem of Shakespeare was born. The Rape of Lucrece is also based on one of the work of Ovid, the Fasti. (Venus and Adonis was based on Ovid’s Methamorphoses.) Besides, it includes references to Livy’s history of Rome. The story takes place in 509 Read more [...]

William Shakespeare: Venus and Adonis – a study guide

Venus and Adonis is an early piece of Shakespeare’s career. It is a combination f  three passages from Ovid's Metamorphoses: the story in Book 10 of Venus' pursuit of Adonis, and the bashful reluctance of a young men (male coyness) as exemplified by Hermaphroditus (Book 4) and Narcissus (Book 3). Adonis  was born to Myrrha from a marriage with her own father Cinyras (Cinyras in turn is the son of Paphos, son of Pygmalion and Galatea). Myrrha lusted after her father and tricked him into sleeping Read more [...]

Nino Rota: Romeo and Juliet

This is one of the most touching song which was ever composed to a Shakespeare play. It was written by Nino Rota to the main theme of Zeffirelli's famous Romeo and Juliet film - which is considered to be the best remake of the Shakespeare play. One interesting fact about the film: the character Juliet is played by a 13-year-old girl - since, according to the story, Juliet was at exactly the same age. Read more [...]
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