Production designer Stefan Dechant tells us how he did it on The Tragedy of Macbeth.
You haven’t seen anything like The Tragedy of Macbeth. Writer/director Joel Coen and cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel reference films you probably know, like Fritz Lang’s Siegfried, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc, and Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter, and they take a foundation laid by German Expressionism to create an entirely new world for the tragic King of Scots.
Production designer Stefan Dechant played a key role in bringing The Tragedy of Macbeth to life through 35 stunning set designs and other genius visual storytelling elements. The film was shot almost entirely on soundstages at the Warner Bros. lot, and each set was created to reflect Macbeth’s inner turmoil.
It’s easily one of the most beautiful and visually interesting films I’ve seen in a long time, one that embraces the theatricality of a Shakespeare production but merges that sensibility masterfully with the scope and creativity of cinema.
Author: Jo Light
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