The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

The Tragedy of Macbeth

Joel Coen makes his solo directorial debut with The Tragedy of Macbeth, a coproduction from A24 and Apple TV+.

Starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, the film offers a fresh new twist on the Shakespeare play. Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

Making its premiere at the 2021 New York Film Festival, The Tragedy of Macbeth is a clever retelling of the classic story.

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“As great as the performances are, it’s how they are aligned with the direction and staging that make The Tragedy of Macbeth a thoroughly exhilarating watch.” – Esther Zuckerman, Thrillist

“Stark but utterly compelling, this chilling take on Macbeth is a visually stunning tour de force. It’s as good as you’d expect from this cast and crew, which is saying something.” – Helen O’Hara, Empire Magazine

“Phenomenally dark and wicked, Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth is the most worthy adaptation of a Shakespearean work that has been seen on screen in years.” – Aramide Tinubu, Shadow and Act