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In fog-dripping, barren and sometimes macabre settings, 11th-century Scottish nobleman Macbeth is led by an evil prophecy and his ruthless yet desirable wife to the treasonous act that makes him king. But he does not enjoy his newfound, dearly-won kingship... Restructured, but all the dialogue is Shakespeare's. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Although the film was screened at Cannes, Orson Welles withdrew it from competition, reportedly to avoid unfavorable comparisons with Laurence Olivier's Hamlet (1948). See more »

Goofs

In one scene, you see Duncan in a crowd holding a lighted candle. The film cuts to a close up of Duncan and he is holding an unlit candle, the next cut back to Duncan in a crowd again holding a lighted candle. See more »

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The ThreeThe ThreeThe Three: Double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
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Orson Welles's "Macbeth" a darkly well made film.
8 May 2000 | by (Birmingham, AL) – See all my reviews

Orson Welles Macbeth is to me, perhaps even better made than "Citizen Kane." The fact that much of the Shakespearean dialogue was over my head should not sway my reviewing of the film, and that is why I rated the film as a "9" out of "10."

Orson Welles once again brings the story to life with his cinematography which brings out the dark nature and inner obsessions and strong emotions of his characters.


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