Best death scene: Bhardwaj, Nimmi (Lady Macbeth)
Maybe I'm just being unpredictable here, because how could anything top Throne of Blood in this category, right? But, anyone who's seen this knows what I mean. So poignant and tragic!
Worst death scene: Welles, Banquo
This is such a shocking moment in the play, and easy to get right, I'd think. But it looks like they filmed this scene on a day the actor playing Banquo wasn't even there, haha. Poor guy didn't even get a death scene.
True, romance is not a big part of the play, but several of these productions emphasize it, and some even make it the center of the plot.
Most romantic: Bhardwaj
Love the sexual tension during this walk! It's hard not to root for these two.
Least romantic: Bevilacqua
Some effort was definitely made along these lines, even staging a big scene in bed. And, it's definitely not easy to convey chemistry while singing an aria. But I think the picture says it all here.
Best final battle: Polanski
I love the way they fight till they're clearly exhausted – kicking and rolling on the ground like kids on the playground, but for higher stakes.
This isn't even a bad scene at all. Because it's all one shot, he pulls the camera back from the fight, and lets the fog and the rest of the battle intervene. Pretty cool, right? But, then the fiddlers jump into the frame, and everything's over. While I understand the decision (I think), it feels very abrupt and weird. Maybe they actually did run out of time?