I had a long day of teaching, and it took until nine o’clock to get through it. The Flashback Feature was “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which was too serious for me on such a tiring day. I went home and watch the Roman Polanski rendition of the Macbeth story. The movie certainly looked a lot better than I thought it would. The violence was disturbing, especially if you think about what was going through Polanski’s mind after Sharon Tate was murdered. Tuesday Weld could have given the movie some box office appeal, but I don’t know if she could have handled the part. One scene had nude witches, which reminded me of the album cover of “Electric Ladyland.” There were images of bloodied children, and a home invasion that had to be something like what Polanski had witnessed during the days of Nazis. The movie had quite a bit of shock value, but that didn’t make it a success at the box office. Maybe it was too familiar because the play was discussed in high school classes all over the country. It didn’t have the impact of Akira Kurosawa’s “Throne of Blood.” The inevitable death at the end was not quite hypnotic, but it did have some power. The special effects with the head were pretty convincing, with one clever close-up. I couldn’t help thinking of “A Man for All Seasons.” I thought of how “Rosemary’s Baby” could have been different if Polanski had done this movie first. I thought of this as a bridge to other movies that showed his mastery, like “Tess” and “The Pianist.” I thought that this Macbeth was a strong effort. Roger Ebert’s review at the time was positive. It was better than better than many other films based on Shakespeare plays. Some of the people who died on September 4 include Richard Marquand (1987), Irene Dunne (1990), Hervé Villachaize (1993), and Paul Conrad (2010). Today is a birthday for Damon Wayans (55) and Dr. Drew Pinsky (57). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for September 4, the first Dragnet film, starring Jack Webb, was released in 1954. In 1966, Jerry Lewis began his first Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon. In 2006, Steve Irwin, known as the Crocodile Hunter, was killed by a stingray.

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