Why Joel Coen Will Give Us the ‘Macbeth’ We’ve Been Waiting For

Why Joel Coen Will Give Us the ‘Macbeth’ We’ve Been Waiting For

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“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player…” My Shakespeare professor in college was a loud guy; he was also extraordinarily controversial. They’ve probably fired him from his third university by now, but that’s beside the point. On my first day of class with him, he warned us all that we would probably be offended at some point—he would run around the room quoting plays like Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, and Macbeth verbatim whilst taking scenes from those plays and applying them to recent news or daily experiences. Before him, Shakespeare was annoying and difficult—just …