She was in front of the camera for the first time in 2014 for “The Falling” (including alongside “Game Of Thrones” star Maisie Williams), after that everything happened very quickly: Today we know Florence Pugh as one the rising stars in Hollywood, an actress taking the dream factory by storm with films as diverse as Fighting With My Family, Midsommar, Little Women and Black Widow.
And the film that kind of heralded that steep ascent is Lady Macbeth. When she slipped into the leading role in 2017 as a relatively unknown newcomer, we were already pretty sure after the historical thriller drama that Florence Pugh could have a great career. And indeed “Lady Macbeth” also counts five years and some high-profile years for us and award-winning films later on Pugh’s best achievements, so we can make a recommendation.
Don’t you know the movie yet? Then you have the opportunity to catch up tonight: WDR shows “Lady Macbeth” on September 15, 2022 from 11:30 p.m. Alternatively, the film is of course also available on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as video-on-demand for very little money.
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England in 1865: Catherine (Florence Pugh) lives in the country with her husband Alexander (Paul Hilton) and his father Boris (Christopher Fairbank). While Boris insists that Catherine fulfill her marital duties, Alexander seems uninterested in his wife’s body. When he leaves one day, Catherine finally seizes the opportunity to escape the house arrest imposed on her.
She explores the area and meets the farm hand Sebastian (Cosmo Jarvis), for whom she soon develops feelings. Unsure at first, despite a priest’s warning, she finally gives in to her passion – and begins an affair with Sebastian. But then Alexander’s return is just around the corner…
Based on the novella “Lady Macbeth from the District of Mzensk” based on Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, director William Oldroyd dispenses with the witches, prophecies and royal houses of Shakespeare’s material and instead concentrates entirely on the drama about a woman who is killed by an innocent woman wife gradually turns into a murderous schemer.
In the DashFUN review for “Lady Macbeth” we gave it a proud 4.5 out of a possible 5 stars. In conclusion, our critic Thomas Vorwerk summarizes: “Newcomer Florence Pugh captivates viewers from scene one in this stylish, modern and eminently suspenseful new Lady Macbeth.”
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Note: This is a re-release of an article previously published on DashFUN.