Spotted this on Garance Dore’s jam, and it’s great:
Olympia Le-Tan, most known for her book clutches, and filmmaker Spike Jonze collaborated on this video. It’s a fine example of stop-animation and features one of my favorite literary characters, Mina Harker from Bram Stoker’s Dracula and of course, Macbeth.
Check it out, well worth the time.
Lady Macbeth is without a doubt one of Shakespeare’s most famous characters. She’s right up their with Romeo, Juliet, Hamlet, Othello and King Lear. Outside of his own work, Lady Macbeth is one of the most famous women ever written. Her character bucked traditional female archetypes at the time and she was portrayed as a strong-willed, power-hungry, self-motivated individual. After inciting her husband to murder King Duncan of Scotland, making him the King, she began to unravel. It’s funny how murdering somebody can seem like the answer to all your problems, but then you have to deal with consequences. She’s at her best in when she sleepwalks and recounts the details of her crime. Lady Macbeth ultimately has a rather unceremonious exit from the play and dies offstage, presumably having committed suicide.
Because when you play the game of thrones you either win or you die.
1. Those witches said you ‘gonna be the king
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2. Just do it, just kill him, why is this so hard?
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3. Out damned spot!
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macbeth continues to fascinate me years and years after reading it, i suppose that’s the mark of a great work. so may i present the three witches. there are two reasons why i still think of it often, the first being my teacher who assigned it to us in high school was so into literature and teaching. she really got us excited about books and that’s quite a feat considering most of us were hyper-privileged and under-enthused. the second is the work itself, i love the story and all the manipulation. you can tear macbeth apart over and over and arrive at a different conclusion each time. who really started all the trouble that night? was it the witches for informing macbeth he would be king? was it lady macbeth for pushing him to commit the crime? was it macbeth himself? it’s almost too fun to think about. i like to think it was the witches though, the personification of evil. plus, they’re the original mean girls…and who doesn’t love the idea of three women roaming the earth intent on disrupting the lives of mortals? everybody loves it, perhaps that’s why it’s pops up in so much work across the world. oh my god, macbeth is so good, must read again.
1: double double toil and trouble: dress by balmain, shoes by givenchy
2: fire burn and cauldron bubble: dress and tattoos by rodarte, shoes by ann demeulemeester
3: 98% of the world doesn’t know the rest of that poem: dress by vena cava, boots by balenciaga
lady macbeth was one of my favorite characters of all time, not really because of herself…but because of my teacher. every time she mentioned lady macbeth, she would say it in a crazy voice and then point her two index fingers to her head. i’m not sure if it was some way of telling us that she was lady macbeth like, or just her way of saying she was in important character. all i know is martha burr was an impossibly hard grader. in any event, lady macbeth is one of those 100% pure evil women, you know, a bitch. there are so many evils in macbeth and it’s hard to place the blame for what happens on one single character. she was certainly a motivator though, and that’s almost worse than being a perpetrator. power hungry, pure evil with no regard for consequences, i’d like to think lady macbeth would fit in with today pretty well.
for the record, i don’t think my english teacher was a murder motivator…she was a motivator though, i’ll give her that.
1: strutting around the castle at inverness: dress by balmain, shoes by rodarte
2: duncan is here for dinner: dress by bottega veneta, shoes by givenchy
3: “you should totally kill duncan”: jumpsuit by lanvin, shoes by costume national