Joel Coen e Frances McDormand parlano del prossimo The Tragedy of Macbeth

Una bella notizia che arriva proprio dall’Italia, dall’account instagram del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, che ha intervistato Joel Coen e Frances McDormand sul loro prossimo lavoro assieme, un adattamento di Macbeth, che per la prima volta vede i due fratelli separarsi.

“I had chosen the subject because I had been asked by Frances a number of years ago to direct the stage production of ‘Macbeth,’ I’m really not a stage director, so I [didn’t do it]. But when I saw her in a production that she did, it made me start thinking about the play and it made me want to work with her on the play because I was so impressed with what she was doing with the part of Lady Macbeth, so I thought that would be an interesting thing to work together on and to do as a movie.”

 “So when I started thinking about it in terms of a movie, it became more accessible to me, intellectually, and that’s when it started.”

L’attrice ha chiarito che il lavoro del marito non è stato semplicemente quello di portare sullo schermo la tragedia di Shakespeare, ma di adattarla, con qualche notevole modifica.

I think a very important thing about Joel’s adaptation is that we are not calling it ‘Macbeth,’ We’re calling it ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth,’ which I think is an important distinction. In Joel’s adaptation, we are exploring the age of the characters and our adaptation the Macbeths are older. Both Denzel [Washington] and I are older than what is often cast as the Macbeths. We’re postmenopausal, we’re past childbearing age. So that puts a pressure on their ambition to have the crown. I think the most important distinction is that it is their last chance for glory.”

“It puts a very specific time pressure on the characters, but also on the storytelling, which I think is the real brilliance of the adaptation that Joel has done. There’s a real suspense and a real ticking clock. The time is running out–not only for the characters, but also it propels the storytelling.”

Anche le streghe da cui tutto prende le mosse, questa volta appariranno in modo diverso.

“In this adaptation, the witches are actually all played by one actor. An actor named Kathryn Hunter, who embodies all of the witches. The witches in this adaptation are birds. They are sort of battlefield scavenger birds. They morphed, in a way, from being natural birds to be the actress Kathryn Hunter. That was one of the most fascinating and I think interesting and fulfilling parts of the production for both Fran and I on how that was going to work in the movie. So the witches occupy a big space in this story as well.”

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