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In 'Lady Macbeth,' Florence Pugh is a powerful, placid dynamo

In 'Lady Macbeth,' Florence Pugh is a powerful, placid dynamo

“Lady Macbeth” is full of surprises. First off, it’s not Shakespeare, but rather an adaption of the Russian novel “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District” by Nikolai Leskov. But what will really get audiences talking is the lead performance of controlled fire by British actress Florence Pugh. It’s a startling, provocative breakthrough of terrifying inner strength and placid resolve.

Directed by acclaimed theater director William Oldroyd in his feature film debut, Leskov’s story is adapted for the screen by playwright Alice Birch, resetting the action to rural 1865 England.

As the story opens, young Katherine (Pugh) enters into an arranged marriage with the controlling Alexander...

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