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23 June 1950 (France) See more »
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In fog-dripping, barren and sometimes macabre settings, 11th-century Scottish nobleman Macbeth is led... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Orson Welles 
 
Writing credits
William Shakespeare (by)

William Shakespeare  play (uncredited)
Orson Welles  adaptation (uncredited)

Produced by
Richard Wilson .... associate producer
Charles K. Feldman .... executive producer (uncredited)
Orson Welles .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jacques Ibert 
 
Cinematography by
John L. Russell (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Louis Lindsay 
 
Art Direction by
Fred A. Ritter  (as Fred Ritter)
 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. (set decorations)
James Redd (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Fred Ritter (costumes: men) (uncredited)
Orson Welles (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Peggy Gray .... hair stylist
Bob Mark .... makeup supervisor
Maurice Seiderman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Lacey .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Dan O'Herlihy .... set designer (uncredited)
Orson Welles .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Garry A. Harris .... sound (as Garry Harris)
John Stransky Jr. .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William Bradford .... second unit photography
Nels Mathias .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adele Palmer .... women's costumes designed by
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Efrem Kurtz .... conductor
 
Other crew
William Alland .... dialogue director
Charles K. Feldman .... presenter
 
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Runtime:
89 min (cut version) | Germany:92 min | USA:107 min (premiere version) | USA:107 min (restored video version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Belgium:16 (Enfants Non Admis) | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1950) | UK:U | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1996) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #13176) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
One of the witches is played by Brainerd Duffield, a man. Some sources mistakenly credit Charles Lederer in the role.See more »
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Anachronisms: Duncan and his men renew their baptismal vows with a prayer composed by Pope Leo XIII in 1884.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
The Three Witches:Double,double,toil and trouble; fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
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Version of Macbeth (1909/I)See more »

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20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Orson's Passion, 11 July 2006
Author: OttoVonB from Switzerland

Lord Macbeth encounters witches that foresee his ascension to power and finally to the throne. Driven on by this prophecy and his ambitious and manipulative wife, Macbeth plots, betrays and murders to become King. This is Shakespeare at his most bleak, pessimistic and chilling.

Orson Welles, a lover of Shakespeare from an early age, would make three attempts to bring the Bard to the screen. Each attempt has the same strengths (ambition, performance, Welles himself and visual genius) and weaknesses (a beggar's budget). Of these three attempts (the other two being Othello and Chimes at Midnight), Macbeth is the least handicapped by technical difficulties, even if is the weakest overall.

Welles used borrowed costumes and unusual locations (such as an abandoned mine) and shot them in a staggeringly surreal way that greatly enhances the overall quality. As an adaptation, his Macbeth is very faithful in spirit, and trimmings in the text serve only to make it more cinematic and compliant with limited resources. Never, to the star/director's credit, does this feel like a "small" film. Rather, it is inspirational, and traces of it's genius can be found in Kurosawa's version, "Throne of Blood", shot ten years later.

Essential viewing. Especially for those in Europe who have access to Wild Side's beautiful new transfer of the full 115 minute version.

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