Lady Macbeth

Tuesday 26 September 7.30pm William Loveless Hall

Director William Oldroyd’s debut feature LADY MACBETH returns, again and again, to a single shot: Florence Pugh, as Katherine, a young woman forced into a loveless marriage with a sexually dysfunctional and abusive heir to a coal mine, sits perfectly still on a couch, smoothing the thick folds of her blue gown and staring straight ahead. Her face betrays no sign of the pent-up rage, wild lust or coldblooded determination that, alternately, motivate her. This image, this woman, is familiar. There are parallels with Macbeth but the film is not, strictly speaking, an adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy. It is based on Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk, an 1865 novella by Russian author Nikolai Leskov. Florence Pugh portrays the eponymous heroine brilliantly.

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