Macbeth - Films
Many film directors have been attracted to Shakespeare’s tragic story of the rise and fall of the ambitious 11th-century Scottish warrior Macbeth. In fact, there are to date a total of 51 films: 32 made for the big screen, 16 made for television, two Below are four interesting film versions of the Scottish plays.
MACBETH (1948) DIRECTED BY ORSON WELLES
This starred Orson Welles as Macbeth and Jeanette Nolan as Lady Macbeth. Welles was so keen to make the film that he agreed to shoot it in only 23 days in a B-movie studio which was normally used for cowboy films. Despite the obvious limitations of the film because of its minimal. Budget, many critics have admired its surrealistic qualities. Welles also eliminated large parts of the play and even added a new character.
MACBETH (1971) DIRECTOR BY ROMAN POLANSKI
Starring Kong Finch and Francesca Annis, this was Polanski’s first film project after the horrifying murder of this pregnant wife of Sharon Tate, and perhaps this personal tragedy helps explain the brutality and cruelty which appears throughout the film. Additional scenes that are not shown in Shakespeare’s plays were added, such as the execution of the Thane of Cawdor and the murder of Duncan. Also, some dramatic soliloquies are presented as voice-overs to make them seem more realistic. Some critics complained about the violence of the film, but other praised it as an original interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragedy.
SCOTLAND, PA (200) DIRECTED BY BILLY MORRISETTE
Morrisette moved ‘Macbeth’ from the 11th-century to the 20th century, and from Scotland, the nation, to Scotland, a small town in Pennsylvania. Macbeth and his wife now work in a fast food restaurant called ‘Duncan’s Cafè’. The story of this film is certainly based on the original tragedy, but the result is a dark comedy. However, Shakespeare’s original language can be heard sometimes in this film – in the background coming out of a radio.
MACBETH (2006) BY GEOFFREY WRIGHT
Australian director Geoffrey Wright also update Macbeth. He set his version in present-day Melbourne, Australia. Macbeth works for a gangland boss named Duncan. The actors all speak with Australian accents. The violence is a vivid as any other film about criminal gangs. However, the words spoken are mostly those composed by Shakespeare himself. The director says he chose this play because the characters have very strong motivations for their actions. He also liked the ideas about evil in the play. ‘I wonder,’ he said, ‘if evil knows It’s evil , or whether it thinks, “We’re just fighting for what we believe in”’.