‘The tragedy of Macbeth’, the film that Joel Coen could not have made with his brother Ethan

The film, starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, opens today, January 12, in select theaters. This Friday, January 14, it will be available on Apple TV +.

Brothers Joel and Ethan Coen are a pair of filmmakers to always be reckoned with. Together they have brought titles such as Burn after reading (2008), No country for old men (2007) and The big lebowski (1998). But for what Macbeth’s tragedy became reality there could only be one director’s chair. The new adaptation of the famous tragedy written by William Shakespeare is carried out solely by Joel Coen and It is a project that he could not have done with his brother.

Macbeth’s tragedy premieres in selected cinemas this January 12 Y comes to Apple TV + this Friday, January 14. The film has Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand as protagonists, and it was precisely the latter who planted the germ in her husband to make this story. The Oscar-winning performer asked her partner in 2016 to consider directing her in the play as Lady Macbeth. The director rejected the offer, but the suggestion had already penetrated him. Only one more piece needed to fit.

“I think I’m going to change and do other things for a while.”. With those words, Ethan Coen told his brother, after directing La balada de Buster Scruggs in 2018, he was retiring from the cinema. “I knew I was going to direct the next one by myself. If I’d been working with Ethan I wouldn’t have done Macbeth. He would not have been interested “, says Joel Coen in Los Angeles Times.

The result is a film that has become one of the candidates to win the odd nomination for the Oscar 2022. In the Golden Globes of this year, for example, Washington won a candidacy for Best Actor in a Drama. The interpreter left empty-handed and Will Smith won the award for his work in The Williams method.

36 days of filming in a sound studio

Macbeth’s tragedy It is the first solo film by Joel Coen and a confirmation of the amicable breakup of these brothers. The movie, shot in black and white and in a total of 36 days, carried out its production in a sound studio. All the sets were built except for one of the elements in the final plan. Months before the coronavirus crisis broke out, Coen had almost the entire movie shot.

Macbeth’s tragedy follow a Scottish lord who is convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland. At his side is his ambitious wife, who supports him in his plans to seize power. Washington plays Macbeth and McDormand his wife.

“We had the luxury of rehearsing for at least four weeks,” Washington recalls in Variety about pre-production. “We rehearsed it like a play, which was great.” In addition, the actor acknowledges that all the sets that were created for the film were helpful: “It was very comfortable because it looked like a play. That, I think, made it easier.”. Will Washington get its third Oscar for this new project?

Brendan Gleeson, Corey Hawkins and Harry Melling round out the main cast of Macbeth’s tragedy. On these lines, do not miss the trailer.

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