Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Thu, May 30, 2013
7:30pm

MUCH ADO ABOUT SHAKESPEARE: THE BARD ON THE BIG SCREEN
Double Feature!
MACBETH / THRONE OF BLOOD
MACBETH
1971, Sony Repertory, 140 min, Dir: Roman Polanski

After several months of deep depression and grieving over the murder of wife Sharon Tate, Roman Polanski stunned audiences with his dread-inducing cinematic rendition of the Shakespeare play. Jon Finch and Francesca Annis star as the ill-fated Macbeths in this vividly atmospheric, hyperbolically violent classic. With Martin Shaw as Banquo.


THRONE OF BLOOD
KUMONOSU JO
1957, Janus Films, 110 min, Japan, Dir: Akira Kurosawa

As its alternate English titles (COBWEB CASTLE and CASTLE OF THE SPIDER’S WEB) suggest, director Akira Kurosawa’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a chilling blend of gothic melodrama and samurai swordplay, Elizabethan tragedy and Noh theater. Taketori Washizu (Toshiro Mifune), inspired by a ghostly vision and coaxed by his frighteningly ambitious spouse, Lady Asaji (Isuzu Yamada), conspires to murder his lord to rise in the ranks to become eventual ruler. In the process, he betrays friends and foes alike, is driven to madness along with his cold-hearted spouse and is overwhelmed by the violent forces of chaos. With Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Akira Kubo. "Kurosawa’s THRONE OF BLOOD is the grisliest Macbeth you’re likely ever to see. It’s powerful filmmaking and provides much revelatory cultural frisson. It also features some of the best work of Kurosawa’s alter ego Toshiro Mifune." – Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle. In Japanese with English subtitles.


Screening formats: 35mm
Aero Theatre • Thu, May 30, 2013 • 7:30pm

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