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In first solo film, Joel Coen premieres a stark ‘Macbeth’

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NEW YORK (AP) — Joel Coen, in his first solo outing as a filmmaker, premiered a strikingly stark, black-and-white adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” with Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, at the New York Film Festival on Friday.

“The Tragedy of Macbeth,” which on Friday night was to open the 59th New York Film Festival, isn’t a mud-and-blood adaptation set on medieval Scottish fields, but a minimalist, noir nightmare, cloaked in shadow and fog, and boxed in an academy-ratio square frame filled with austere, expressionist imagery.

“I didn’t want to abandon the notion of the play,” Coen told reporters after a screening. “It was taking a play and making a movie of it that was interesting to me, not trying to make a play into a movie. I didn’t want to hide the play.”

“A lot of the motivating impulse in terms of design was taking things away,” he said.

The film, which a24 will release in theaters Dec. 25 and which will debut in January on Apple TV , was the most anticipated premiere of the New York Film Festival. The festival is part of newly revitalized Lincoln Center and runs through Oct. 10. The eagerness for “The Tragedy of Macbeth” was owed in part to it being Coen’s first film without his brother, Ethan, who........

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