Still from the film "The Tragedy of Macbeth" (2021), a black and white close-up of actor Denzel Washington as Macbeth
Part of the series CANCELED: MoMA Contenders 2021

CANCELED: The Tragedy of Macbeth

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Director Joel Coen collaborates with Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand for a textually faithful adaptation of the Shakespeare classic that snaps to life on screen in stark black and white. Washington cements his status as one of America’s greatest living artists with a commanding performance as the man who would be king, and Coen, directing solo for the first time, utilizes set and sound design to create a uniquely cinematic interpretation. (Courtesy of A24 and Apple)

(2021, dir. Joel Coen, black & white, 105 min.)

This film program is organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and Sean Egan, Producer, Film Exhibitions and Special Projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The Hammer Museum's presentation is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.