director Andrzej Wajda
Siberian Lady Macbeth is a grim little film from Andrzej Wajda. This Polish-Yugoslav adaptation of a Russian property seems to bring viewers to mind more of The Postman Always Rings Twice than the Barf of Avon.
Shot in black-and-white CinemaScope, it also feels as if it could be easily transposed into feudal Japan.
Olivera Marković plays the ambitious and bloodthirsty Katerina, who is also beautiful and severely oppressed in her home life by her coarse father-in-law. When in walks a handsome peasant stranger, and Film Noir ensues.
The levels of bleak rise higher as the film wears on to its dark conclusion.
I actually thought it was pretty interesting.