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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Power and Corruption (1984, Roman Polanski)

TitlePower and Corruption
Release LocationsGB
DirectorRoman Polanski
Length34 mins
Play ConnectionsMacbeth (documentary)


An edited version of Polanki's 1971 Macbeth with commentary by Orson Welles. Relates Shakespeare's "treatment of power and corruption to that of other writers including William Golding in Lord of the Flies and Marlowe in Dr. Faustus" (BUFVC)

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

NarratorOrson Welles

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorRoman Polanski

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell