The new commercial for THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH puts Denzel Washington into a dark place with stunning B&W photography.

If this lives up to its teasers, The Tragedy of Macbeth will be a genuine work of art.

The new 30-second TV spot for director Joel Coen‘s adaptation of the classic Shakespeare tragedy looks both minimalist and epic all at the same time, pulling visual influences from the earliest auteurs of the Silent Movie era, with images that while staged on studio sets and composed of matte paintings (and framed in the early “square” aspect ratio of 1:33:1) also feel expansive in scope. (You can watch the first teaser here.)

Coen hired director of photgraphy Bruno Delbonnel to shoot the movie; Delbonnel previously collaborated with the Coens on The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Inside Llewyn Davis. Delbonnel also lensed Amelie, a modern classic of lush cinematography.

Starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand as the insidiously ambitious Macbeth and Lady Macbeth (who plot to take the thrown of Scotland), their co-stars include Corey Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Harry Melling, Bertie Carvel, Alex Hassell, Moses Ingram, and Kathryn Hunter in the role of the Three Witches.

Joel Coen’s first solo feature without his brother-collaborator Ethan will be a must see event when it opens in theaters on December 25, 2021. The Tragedy of Macbeth will begin streaming on Apple TV+ on January 14, 2022.

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