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The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Breaking: PCCD appoints former San Leandro police chief to Interim Executive Director of Public Safety
Breaking: PCCD appoints former San Leandro police chief to Interim Executive Director of Public Safety
Abdul Pridgen will lead the district’s community-based safety program
Li Khan, Editor in Chief • June 21, 2024
Carpentry instructor spruces up department
Carpentry instructor spruces up department
Rym-Maya Kherbache, Staff Writer • April 24, 2024
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A cap at the Laney College commencement ceremony on May 24 reads in Spanish, This is for my mom who gave me everything. (Photo: Marcus Creel/PCCD)
Graduations, resignations and more: PCCD Trustees wrap up school year at 5/28 meeting
Romi Bales, Staff Writer • June 17, 2024
Student Trustee Natasha Masand believes her voice has the power to impact the PCCD community.
Student Trustee Natasha Masand finds her voice
Isabelly Sabô Barbosa, Social Media Editor • March 19, 2024
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    Macbeth gets the Hollywood treatment

    Classic Shakespearian work gets modernized, sacrifices plot and prose for bloody battles

    The movie “Macbeth” succeeds as a parable of the inevitability of war. But director Justin Kurzel’s version bears little resemblance to Shakespeare’s.

    Macbeth

    The screenplay is unintelligible, masked by muffled heavy Scottish brogue. But if we catch a few words suggesting a famous monologue, our minds fill in the rest. 
    And anything the two leading actors do is worth watching. My mother used to say that a great actor can read the phonebook and make us cry. The leads are played by two of our greatest living actors, Academy Award regulars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, who are extraordinary as they deliver emotional punch through their eyes and facial expressions. Fassbender’s descent into madness is a wild ride and Cotillard’s manipulative words and hands are so expressive that we feel guilty having invaded lovers’ most intimate moments. 
    But why were Duncan’s wife and children so horrifically murdered, and Duncan killed? Some crucial scenes of the play and dialogue have been cut. But the cinematography — with slow-motion killing scenes through a veil of blood — is beautiful, and Kurzel’s brother, Jed’ music score is gorgeous. 
    Just don’t expect to see “The Scottish Play,” the one with the curse on it. For that film, watch Lawrence Olivier’s.

    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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