Polanski Makes Macbeth

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.