Macbeth (1948), directed by Orson Welles

This is a decent production of Macbeth directed by and starring Orson Welles, with Jeannette Nolan as Lady Macbeth. Welles took a little dramatic license here and there, so the movie is not 100% true to the play, but it is close enough. It is a fine production, but I call it decent only because Welles comes across to me at times as being very over-the-top in his delivery. However, I suspect that is because he is a product of his time, and because Shakespeare is very difficult to do well.

If you’ve never seen any version of Macbeth, this would be a good place to start. There are a lot of bad versions out there, I’m afraid.

The movie is not available online, but here are some clips below.

Here are some links:

Internet Movie Database


Review by James Travers

Blog post on Movie Classics




Tags: Macbeth, Orson Welles, Shakespeare, ambition, cinema, film, movies, plays, theatre

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