Knock , Knock, Who’s there?

When we were discussing how Shakespeare constructs his plays, it was brought up how Shakespeare includes a comedic scene after a tragic/devastating one. Considering that I decided that the best representation of the porter has to be a scene where its at least a little comical, I went with these versions:

Macbeth (1971) Roman Polanski’s film

Make up & Wardrobe

It looks as if they made his face and nose look red , (it may be naturally red) to go with the “nose painting” line. His beard looks a little dirty as if he has spilled something on it as well. He looked oddly dressed , holding a bucket. I think these went well with the Porters appearance in this representation since it relates to the Porters lines, and drunken description in the play.

Setting & Lighting

The setting looks like the inside of a castle because of the grey walls and wide space. I liked the the lighting because it looks as if its just before sunrise in the morning. I thought it was interesting that they made it as if the Porter took that long to open the door was because there is a long pathway to the gate, rather than the Porter just talking in one place.

Music

There is no music,  which I assumed they didn’t include so you could focus on the knocking and the Porters speech. I didn’t mind that there was no music included , there was nothing really missing just because there was no music.

Emotion, Tone Of Voice,Facial Expression, Body language

In this movie, the Porter is represented as an old man. He seems very cranky that he had to get up to open the gate, and his tone of voice is just him complaining in a high pitched voice and he walks very weirdly. He makes weird facial expressions; for example when he widens his eyes when talking to Macduff at 46:00 which made me laugh. I think these factors made the Porter funny, like the way Shakespeare intended this scene to be.

Lines Omitted & Added

“Knock ,knock , knock (2.3.3)

“Here’s a farmer, that hang’d himself on th’ expectation of plenty. Come in time! Have napkins enough about you; here you’ll sweat for’t. (Knock.) Knock, knock! Who’s there, in the other devil’s name? Faith, here’s an equivocator, that could swear in both the scales against either scale, who committed treason enough for God’s sake, yet could not equivocate to heaven. O, come in, equivocator.  Knock.) Knock, knock, knock! Who’s there? Faith, here’s an English tailor come hither, for stealing out of a French hose: come in, tailor; here you may roast your goose. “ (2.3.5-14)

“I had thought to have let in some of all professions” (2.3.16-17)

”Therefore, much drink may be said to be an equivocator in conclusion, equivocates him in a sleep, and, giving him the lie, leaves him. “ (2.3.31-32)

“but I requited him for his lie; and, I think, being too strong for him, though he took up my legs sometime, yet I made a shift to cast him.” (2.3.34-37)

There are a few words changed, they changed the “him” to you in lines 28-31 (it makes him, and it mars him; it sets him on, and it takes him off; it persuades him, and disheartens him; makes him stand to)

They removed a lot of the lines, mainly about the equivocation. I liked this a little, because now you can focus on the humour in this scene; rather than the deep message of equivocation. I also disliked this because so much of the porter’s speech is gone, which takes away from the play.

Macbeth (1978) Stage

The man who portrays this Porter does a great job at looking more comical, than the other scenes.

Makeup & Wardrobe

There is no makeup in this representation, and the wardrobe is just simple overalls and a cap. I think this type of costume was a great portrayal because it really showcases the weird personality of the Porter.

Setting & Lighting

There is not setting that we can see , besides a door. There is a dim spotlight focusing on the Porter; but overall there is no other lights focusing on the Porter. It kind of looks as if he is glowing as well. I believe that it’s good because now you can focus on only the Porter.

Music

There is no music, just silence and knocking. I prefer no music, because if the scene is humorous, the only music you could really put in would be corny music, which wouldn’t fit in so silence is better.

Emotion, Tone Of Voice,Facial Expression, Body language

This portrayal of the Porter has a lot more body language than the others. He uses props like his rope around his neck and his overalls to act out the lines , like at 0:47 when he was talking about the farmer. He also uses frequent expressions to interpret the lines, such as when he said “in the other devils name” at 1:04 and uses funny and weird facial expressions for example at 1:23.

Lines Omitted & Added

“it provokes, and unprovokes” (2.3.26) they change the word it to drink

“it persuades him, and disheartens him; “ (2.3.30)

“but I requited him for his lie; and, I think, being too strong for him, though he took up my legs sometime, yet I made a shift to cast him.” (2.3.34-37)

These aren’t major changes, so I don’t believe anything was really taken away from this performance.

The last one you shared with our class from your blog post:

I enjoy this version because it really puts in the part of how drunk the Porter was. In all the other performances , they didn’t act as drunk as he did. Its great because half of the porters speech talks about drinking , and he really portrays that with his body movement and random laughing.The constant falling and not having the ability to function properly made it really funny to watch , which is how I assume the Porter scene was meant to be portrayed as.

And I found this version on the internet because I was curious to see if anyone ever portrayed the Porter as a woman:

I thought this was great since I couldn’t find any woman interpretations of the Porter on the internet. She portrays the Porter as if she is a cranky/ drunk woman. The costume was interesting since I believed that the porter would be dressed similar to a homeless person, and she is dressed as if she went to a party. The setting is more a of a modern setting, with people shaking a gate rather than knocking on a door. She protrays the porter as more of a tired person such as at 2:48 , as if she can’t even make it to the door because she’s drank so much. I thought it was interesting that she switched to laughing at everything at 4:21.

Presenting Polanski’s Protrayal

Roman Polanski’s Macbeth film adaptation was a very interesting movie to watch. I thought Roman Polanski’s portrayal of Macbeth was a great representation of his personality and actions.

[1] the theme of this movie made me think of Halloween movies , so I can relate with that kind of atmosphere

Polanski’s atmosphere of the film was overall very creepy; the background music in some scenes made it seem as if it was a scary movie. For example the scenes at 39:20 and at 1:16:14.

The atmosphere was dark and violent, with all the murder/fight scenes being more violent than I expected , such as at 39:20 and 2:00:20.  These are effective choices given that Macbeth itself is a very dark and creepy play (for instance: the witches, Macbeth’s psychological downfall, the world falling out of order after Duncan’s death such as the horses eating each other,), since a lot of murders go in the play it is reasonable that the film adaptation would be violent.

[2] The scene where Banquo is killed looks like this image

Light is used in various ways in this film. One way it is used is to illustrate the settings. For instance at 1:05:26 when Banquo is being killed the forest is very dark , increasing the tension as you watch it. It is also used to make scenes creepier for example; at 1:16:25 it’s dark before Macbeth visits the witches and at 1:17:20 when Macbeth visits the witches for a second prophecy, their faces are highlighted by the cauldron but everything else is dark. All the outside scenes look as if they are misty and foggy.

Roman Polanski chose to use very eerie music as background music for example at 1:16:09 when Macbeth goes to visit the witches, the music is very eerie sounding and almost suggests that something strange is going to happen. Or such as at 1:19:56 when Macbeth is viewing the three prophecies, the music is very strange. They are used effectively because they go along with the eerie scenes in the play.

The sound effects that are used are the voice overs for Macbeth speaking to himself, or the moment when Macbeth sees the dagger at 34:50 and when he tries to touch it at 35:03. The voice overs are used effectively because they really illustrate Macbeths speaking as his thoughts , rather than him talking to himself. The sound effects when Macbeth sees the daggers are effective; although it seems strange that a imaginary dagger would make a “ping” noise.

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[3] Did people wear these in the 11th century?

Costumes in this film adaptation overall look like what I imagine the eleventh century clothes to look like. In some scenes the clothes look off, for example at 1:23:07 , the man in the green has very odd sleeves. The witches also did not have beards, and sometimes didn’t wear much clothes at all , which I thought was weird.

I believe Polanski’s casting in this film is very good. Lady Macbeth’s portrayal as a dainty, innocent woman was interesting given her manipulative personality in the beginning of the play. Macbeth’s actor did a great job as well, specifically at looking like he had been psychologically impacted, and playing out the role of the violent and sleep deprived Macbeth at the end.

Roman Polanski removed many lines from his film adaptation , such as much of the porters lines which were:

“Knock ,knock , knock (2.3.3) and “Here’s a farmer, that hang’d himself on th’ expectation of plenty. Come in time! Have napkins enough about you; here you’ll sweat for’t. (Knock.) Knock, knock! Who’s there, in the other devil’s name? Faith, here’s an equivocator, that could swear in both the scales against either scale, who committed treason enough for God’s sake, yet could not equivocate to heaven. O, come in, equivocator.  Knock.) Knock, knock, knock! Who’s there? Faith, here’s an English tailor come hither, for stealing out of a French hose: come in, tailor; here you may roast your goose. “ (2.3.5-14)

“I had thought to have let in some of all professions” (2.3.16-17)

”Therefore, much drink may be said to be an equivocator in conclusion, equivocates him in a sleep, and, giving him the lie, leaves him. “ (2.3.31-32)

“but I requited him for his lie; and, I think, being too strong for him, though he took up my legs sometime, yet I made a shift to cast him.” (2.3.34-37)

There are a few words changed, they changed the “him” to you in lines 28-31 (it makes him, and it mars him; it sets him on, and it takes him off; it persuades him, and disheartens him; makes him stand to)

I think that this is the most major change in the lines in the film , because all of the equivocation parts are gone from the Porter’s speech. I think this impacted the Porters scene dramatically and turned into a funnier scene.

Overall I thought the film adaptation was a great portrayal of Macbeth. I believe this interpretation was effective because the overall atmosphere of the movie fit with the play. The strange music went along with the dark scenes and the actors did a great job at portraying the characters dramatically. The only area I would suggest for improvement would be the prophecies scene with the witches at 1:18:40 because it is confusing and weird to watch. The various mirrors make me dizzy and I didn’t understand what was going on until the end of the movie. In general, I believe Roman Polanski did a great job.

[1] Halloween Pumpkin. Web. 8 May 2015.

[2]  Creepy Forest. Web. 8 May 2015.

[3] (my screenshot)

 

The New and Improved Macbeth

After reading Act 2 , here is the new information we have learned about Macbeth:

 

“I think not of them;

Yet when we can entreat an hour to serve,

We would spend it in some words upon that business,

If you would grant the time.” – Macbeth (2.1.22-25)

 

“…Is this a dagger which I see before me,

The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.

I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.

Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible

To feeling as to sight? or art thou but

A dagger of the mind, a false creation,

Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?

….” – Macbeth (2.1.33-39)

 

“ But wherefore could not I pronounce ‘Amen’?

I had most need of blessing and ‘Amen’

Stuck in my throat.” – Macbeth (2.2.34-36)

 

“Methought I heard a voice cry, “Sleep no more:

Macbeth does murder sleep’,the innocent sleep,

Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleeve of care,

The death of each day life, sore labour’s bath…” – Macbeth (2.2.39-42)

 

“I’ll go no more. I am afraid to think what I have done;.. – Macbeth (2.2.53-54)

 

“Whence is that knocking? How is’t with me,When every noise appals me?..- Macbeth (2.2.61-62)

 

[1] An image of sleep deprived person , which I thought depicts Macbeth since he hasn’t slept in days

He is religious so killing Duncan has made him feel easily scared that God will not forgive him since he can’t say ‘amen’. He is feeling major guilt that he killed Duncan, so now he feels as if he will never sleep again, and he can’t even look at his hands. He has also developed paranoia, hearing noises and jumping at random sounds.

This is a big change from the noble , honorable , brave , mentally stable Macbeth I read about in Act 1. Throughout these changes I was disappointed in Macbeth because even though he successfully killed Duncan, he was still unhappy and felt like how he did before Lady Macbeth convinced him to kill Duncan.

I wanted Macbeth to act more like Lady Macbeth if he was going to agree to kill Duncan and take the crown. If he can be brave and violent on the battlefield, he should at least be able to kill the King without guilt , since you’re still murdering people either way. Although I can understand the guilt he is going through since he actually knew Duncan, and liked him.

I was surprised that he was able to stay calm and convince everyone that he wasn’t the one that killed Duncan, considering he was so scared and paranoid right before that moment.

[2] This is how I would have imagined Macbeth, running everywhere admitting he killed Duncan

In the future , I predict that Macbeth will become less mentally unstable/guilty. I think that with time Macbeth will forget it ever happened if no one talks about Duncan passing. I believe he will start to lie more to keep his crown, and I think his paranoia may or may not shrink.

It might shrink depending on what happens after he is crowned. If everyone loves him as king everything might go back to normal, but if people suspect something it might grow and get worse , along with his guilt.

[1] Tired Kid Eating Breakfast. Web. 3 May 2015.

[2] Scared Man. Web. 4 May 2015.