Masks and Melodrama: Theatrical Influences on Film Adaptations of Macbeth

  • Anne Hung


This paper presents a comparative analysis of
two film adaptations of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth
(1606)—Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood (1957) and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth (2015). Specifically, I explore the influence of Japanese Noh theatre in Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood
and the influence of Victorian melodrama in Kurzel’s Macbeth. In doing so, I aim to present Shakespeare’s Macbeth as
a case study of how film adaptations can give new meaning
to their source texts by putting them in dialogue with other
theatrical traditions.