Feature Screengem

Screengem: The tannis root necklace from Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski 1968)

(Minnie) “Oh, before I forget, this is for you from Roman and me. It’s just a little present is all. For moving in… It’s real old, over 300 years… The green inside is tannis root. That’s for good luck.” (Rosemary) “It’s lovely, but I… I can’t accept it.” (Minnie) “You already have. Put it on. […]

Feature Four Frames

Four Frames: Macbeth (Roman Polanski, 1971)

Shot on location in the gritty and windswept landscapes of North Wales and Northumbria, Macbeth contains a masterly but understated demonstration of the film-maker’s art. At this transformative moment, ambition takes root in the heart of the eponymous antihero as Polanski transmutes an already famous Shakespearian scene into a piece of compelling visual drama. It […]