The back of the DVD for Roman Polanski's MacBeth includes one of the worst Shakespeare allusions I have ever heard:
"Filmed in rugged North Wales, Polanski's MACBETH is a tale told by a master, full of sound and fury -- and genius!"
Yikes. For some reason I keep hearing it in my head in the voice of Master Shake. I saw the pilot of Slings and Arrows -- which I could not get through by the way it was so bad - and it included a similar allusion by a corporate lackey, and was used to indicate what an ass he was.
By the way, if you are unfamiliar with what the Internet Movie Database calls the film's "trivia," you should be. Here it is, with one note from me.
* Director Roman Polanski's wife, actress Sharon Tate, was murdered by Charles Manson three years before the making of the film. It is believed that due to this traumatic event, Polanski developed the story to be a more violent representation of Shakespeare's play. For instance, the scene in which Macbeth murders King Duncan was not in the original play and was instead implied.
[More disturbing is the fact is the scene in which MacDuff is informed of the death of his wife and children by MacBeth when he was away from home, since it must have struck very close to home for Polanski.]
* During the set up of the gruesome death scene of Lady MacDuff's children, director Roman Polanski was instructing a four-year-old blonde girl on how to play dead, while smearing tons of fake blood all over her body. Polanski playfully asked the girl what her name was, to which she replied, "Sharon".
* The scene in which Macbeth's thugs massacre Macduff's household was based on Roman Polanski's memory of SS officers ransacking his house as a child.
* When crew members suggested to Roman Polanski that perhaps the film was too unrealistically gory for its own good, Polanski reportedly replied, "I know violence. You should've seen my house last summer."