[Roman Polanski’s Macbeth has] one of the best movie fights at the end that I’ve ever seen: They’re wearing heavy armor, so they’re kind of locked in big iron cages fighting with each other. There are points where they’re both so exhausted, they have to stop and pant and get their breath back to go back to try to kill each other. He really thought through the technology of the time. I feel like sex scenes, violence scenes, and action scenes should always be about character, or else they’re just perfunctory and boring. This is one of the best ones that’s about character. The style of fighting tells you something about the people who are doing it.
The father of American independent cinema, John Sayles, talks about the 12 films that most influenced his career, including Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, Touch Of Evil, and Macbeth. [Read more…]