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lesson 25
1 hour

How Macbeth Influences International Films


In this lesson, students view and analyze Throne of Blood, Akira Kurosawa’s 1957 film adaptation of Macbeth, in order to compare Kurosawa’s presentation of the opening scenes (the first 20:09 minutes of the film) to Act 1.1 through Act 1.3 of the original play. Students consider what is absent or changed in the film version of the opening scenes. They then explore how Kurosawa’s representation might influence their understanding of Shakespeare’s setting of these scenes and introduction of the characters. As they view the film, students record their observations on the Kurosawa Film Viewing Tool. Students use their observations as the basis for an evidence-based discussion about how Kurosawa develops and interprets the first three scenes of Macbeth through character development, and the use of setting and cinematic choices.


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Bilingual Language Progressions

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From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 10 ELA Module 4, Unit 2, Lesson 24. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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