SIBERIAN LADY MACBETH (Andrzej Wajda, 1961)

A heavy-duty though murky morality tale based on the 1865 novella Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Nikolai Leskov, Sibirska Ledi Magbet—which, incidentally, has nothing to do with Macbeth—is a turgid, arty melodrama, made in Yugoslavia, by Poland’s Andrzej Wajda. Its unhappy protagonist is Katerina Izmajlowa, who in Tsarist Russia is eventually sent as prisoner to […]