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maxresdefaultDear Brittle Paper reader, if you’re a Shakespeare fan, you’ll be completely blown when you watch the Macbeth trailer below.

Yes, a film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Scottish drama is all done and set for an October release. It premiered earlier this year at Cannes Film Festival.

As far as Shakespeare’s tragedies go, Macbeth is one of the darkest and most unnerving. Witches, prophecies, murders, warfare, and the breakdown of a man’s mind is set against a grey and gloomy Scottish landscape.

Michael Fassbender looks creepy and intense as Macbeth while Marion Cotillard is darkly seductive as the power-hungry Lady Macbeth.

Most importantly. The critics are happy. The general impression is that the director, Justis Kurzel, presents a powerful interpretation of Shakespeare’s most loved play.

Variety says it is “Fearsomely visceral and impeccably performed, its a brisk, bracing update, even as it remains exquisitely in period.”

The Times UK: “From the opening scarlet-and-black titles, Shakespeare’s play is more eviscerated than adapted, in a lean, mean and powerful piece of cinema.”

And Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 92%!

We can’t wait!

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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