Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth

DVD - 2017
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Rural England, 1865. Katherine is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family are cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband2s estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
Publisher: [United States] :, Anderson Merchandisers Canada Inc.,, [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.43 LAD NVD
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
digital,optical,rda
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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CavaliaArtist
Jun 19, 2018

One of the WORST MOVIES I have EVER SEEN!.
I am a well known filmmaker and storyteller, and this is a piece of garbage.
It should also carry a warning of grafic, horrific onscreen murder of a horse in the story--- for animal lovers to avoid seeing. This whole scene could have been done with just the audio and sounds! This was graffic, gratuitous violence that was unnecessary!
Thin story, boring story, loose ends unexplained, no caring for the characters, no resolution to the situation, and injustice to innocent characters, wirst character development ever.
Filmmaking garbage.

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Janice21383
May 19, 2018

Like Wuthering Heights, if Wuthering Heights were a bad stage play. Lady Macbeth could be enjoyed as a 19th century pastiche, like The Piano, but it has only a vague idea of how humans behaved in that era. Maybe the story makes sense in the novella (set in the Russian world of serfs, masters and distant estates), but it does not here. I was continually pulled out of scenes with thoughts like "that couldn't happen" and "she couldn't possibly have done that." The direction is as subtle as an anvil. Look, our protagonist is forced to wear a big dress; see her being tightly laced into a corset! Never mind she has voluntarily worn similar clothes every day of her adult life, and could wear her corset as loose as she pleased -- she is a woman tragically constrained by society and her wicked, one-dimensional husband. Too bad, because the acting is as good as it could be and the cinematography is beautiful. But it makes a silly story look all the more ridiculous.

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downsman
May 15, 2018

(Minimal Spoilers). This is a film I preferred in retrospect to the experience of actually watching it. Well-acted and presented (though with a plot that seems more than a little implausible, given the time period) it seems to suggest that intolerable situations can create monsters, in this case a woman who, despite being a victim of Victorian patriarchy within a very odd marriage (her husband will not have sex with her but does objectify her fetishistically), proves exceptionally strong-willed and chillingly adept at survival at all costs. We see a strong hint of her psychopathology in her reaction to the humiliating abuse of her maid Anna by male workers; she puts a stop to it but exhibits no sympathy for the poor woman, her only reflection on the episode being an aroused sexual interest in one of the abusers.
As another viewer has commented (below), it's all more (skewed) Bronte than Shakespeare; the only real connection between the Bard's Lady M and the movie's Katherine is that both are ruthless, supremely determined, and hold power over a man. Of the two, though, Katherine is far more morally disturbing.

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amandagb
Apr 26, 2018

I love how the writer and director managed to reimagine the character of Lady Macbeth for this story. I feel the ties to Shakespeare's original work are very clear but have been molded into something new and equally complex. The boundaries are pushed in a similar manner the same eagerness to achieve a desired state is what leads to downfall but this time Lady Macbeth in a way survives her treachery this time around, if just barely

VaughanPLAlyssia Mar 07, 2018

It’s best to know going in that all of these characters are super unlikeable, and they’re supposed to be. Despite the title, this movie is more Bronte than Shakespeare, with its awful main characters and deranged romance. I started out disliking it but I couldn’t look away, and by the end it had won me over. I think it’s Florence Pugh’s magnetic performance that really makes the film (I’m a little scared of her now). A strange, cold film that you probably won’t like if you hate Wuthering Heights.

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PearlyKayAm1
Mar 04, 2018

Unlikeable characters in a plodding low-key mishmash of hopeless MacBeth meets 50 Shades of Grey.

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Raynam
Mar 01, 2018

The movie was horrible,everyone was
cruel,cold and nasty.No woman of that day would have gotten away with what she did.Every character was twisted and evil before they even meet.Do not recommend no stars.

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lavasushi
Feb 26, 2018

Wed into a cold, unforgiving family, with a bitter man would make any young woman tap into their resources. Lady Macbeth (Florence Paige) takes cares of herself in a brutal way. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. I liked it!

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htliang
Feb 11, 2018

This period drama (Rural England 1865) is somewhat slow to start, but the tension builds as the story progresses. I'd agree with the comment on the cover of the DVD case: Imagine Alfred Hitchcock directing Wuthering Heights.
The main character is superbly played by Florence Pugh. Is she a tragic result of poor treatment by her husband or is she an evil villain? Interesting ending....

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ogonczyk
Feb 07, 2018

A fairly good film but it has some problems, for example, why - since the action is taking place in the 19th-century United Kingdom (most likely Scotland) - one of the characters is named Boris, and several others are black? The former is explained by the fact that the script is based on a Russian novel by Leskov; the latter probably by political correctness.

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