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Lady Macbeth | Russian Film Series: Literary Adaptations on Screen

Event time: 
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Whitney Humanities Center (WALL53), Auditorium See map
53 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Presented by Ana Berdinskikh, Yale
Event description: 

“Dramatist and screenwriter Alice Birch has adapted Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 novel Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, itself of course inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and adapted by Shostakovich in 1934 as an opera – the work which famously infuriated Stalin – and by Andrzej Wajda as a film, Siberian Lady Macbeth, in 1962. Oldroyd’s new movie version, shot with clarity and verve by cinematographer Ari Wegner, retains all of this story’s subversive sexiness, making changes to the narrative, bringing in or rather drawing out themes of abuse, violence, race and class. Cleverly, it gives us enigmatic backstory hints that may or may not help explain the sudden direction change the film takes in its third act, leading to a denouement of toxic ingenuity. And of all it driven by the sensuality and rage of Pugh’s performance.” - for the full review:…
2016 | 89 mins
Directed by William Oldroyd
free and open to the public
Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund, Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program, European Studies Council at the MacMillan Center, Film and Media Studies Program, Slavic Film Colloquium, the Yale Film Archive, and Films at the Whitney, supported by the Barbakow Fund for Innovative Film Programs at Yale