About "Spider's Nest" and "Macbeth"

Sammy 2022-07-04 12:07:57

After watching Akira Kurosawa's movie "Spider's Nest", I have always felt that there is something less than the original "Macbeth". It was not until I recently watched "Macbeth" adapted by Orson Welles that I seemed to understand a little bit. .

Shakespeare's handling of the plot and narrative of "Macbeth" is minimal and abstract. This is not because Shakespeare is not good at complex plot narratives, but Shakespeare's works such as "Macbeth" and "Hamlet" that explore the inner contradictions of human beings, in order to It focuses on the emotions of the Macbeth couple's inner world, and compresses the external contradictions in a general way.

Even in order to concentrate, the description of other characters is very concise, making it difficult to have a much concrete impression of other characters.

This generous conceptualization of the plot is not Shakespeare's style and attempt, but Shakespeare's careful consideration of the presentation of the theme.

As for the theme, too many plots and war scenes will appear cumbersome in the story, and even seem to overwhelm the host. It's not that Akira Kurosawa's "Spider's Nest" is not good. The sense of form of the plot is his style. Yes, it's just that not all stories fit this style perfectly.

I like Orson Welles' Macbeth better, of course

His sets are crude and absurd, and the costumes don't fit the story at all, but the absurd and wild elements of caves and animal skins may be in line with Macbeth's dark theme of humanity's struggle to annihilate.

In other words, these are the alienation effects Orson Welles used to bring the dramatic language system onto the stage. Perhaps the key to adapting a drama and opera to a movie is to grasp the alienation effect of the theater viewing mode. Sonnen Wells has grasped this essence and played it boldly, which to some extent also coincides with Shakespeare's mythical handling of the plot, the false and concise form, the sincere and infinite essence, the aesthetic tension in Shakespeare's plays. Here it goes unabated, even on a shoddy paper crown, to the extreme.

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Extended Reading

Macbeth quotes

  • A Holy Father: And when we have our naked frailties hid / That suffer in exposure, let's meet / To question this most bloody piece of work, to know it further.

    Ross: Fears and scruples shake us.

    Macduff: In the great hand of God, I stand.

    Banquo: And I. So, all.

  • [last lines]

    Witch: Peace; the charm's wound up.