In the following rare behind-the-scenes footage, Roman Polanski directs a scene from his visceral, breathtaking 1971 film version of Macbeth. It’s a particularly challenging set piece, depicting the crucial moment when Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane Hill, realizing one of the three witches’ prophesies. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the details of large-scale filmmaking. This is an excerpt from Frank Simon’s 1971 documentary Polanski Meets Macbeth, which can be seen in its entirety on Criterion’s edition of the film.
Marianne Faithfull, 1964 (photo by Gered Mankowitz)