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Rebekah Owens

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325130

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325130.001.0001

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Polanski’s Macbeth As Social Commentary – ‘None can call our power to account’

Polanski’s Macbeth As Social Commentary – ‘None can call our power to account’

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(p.67) Chapter 4: Polanski’s Macbeth As Social Commentary – ‘None can call our power to account’
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Macbeth
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Rebekah Owens

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781911325130.003.0005

This chapter mentions Roman Polanski's film Rosemary's Baby, in which he managed to take the conventions of the Gothic world of demons and place them in a modern world of coffee machines and Christmas shopping. It analyses how Polanski overlaid William Shakespeare's Macbeth with the old Gothic bright red blood-and-guts instead of just presenting it in a modern world. It also discusses how Polanski chose the landscape of a feudal nation and the inner world of Macbeth to create a film that was a commentary on modernity. The chapter highlights how Polanski used Macbeth to show that a violent tendency is not done by one man alone, but it is symptomatic of the society being inhabited. It outlines the aspect of some horror films that functioned as a commentary on contemporary social anxieties of the late 1960s and 1970s.

Keywords:   Roman Polanski, Rosemary's Baby, Gothic world, William Shakespeare, Macbeth, violence, modernity

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