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Macbeth (1983)

In this powerful short film, the renowned William Shakespeare play is stripped down to the bare essentials, consisting of two lengthy shots.

Director:

Béla Tarr

Writers:

William Shakespeare (play), Béla Tarr (adaptation)
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Cast

Credited cast:
György Cserhalmi ... Macbeth
Erzsébet Kútvölgyi Erzsébet Kútvölgyi ... Lady Macbeth
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ferenc Bencze
Imre Csuja Imre Csuja
János Derzsi
István Dégi István Dégi
Pál Hetényi Pál Hetényi
Tamás Jordán Tamás Jordán
Attila Kaszás Attila Kaszás
Gyula Maár Gyula Maár
Djoko Rosic Djoko Rosic
József Ruszt József Ruszt
Géza Rácz Géza Rácz
András Szabó András Szabó
Miklós Székely B. Miklós Székely B.
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In this powerful short film, the renowned William Shakespeare play is stripped down to the bare essentials, consisting of two lengthy shots.

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The film is comprised of two uninterrupted shots; the first a 5-minute segment that includes the credits and features the scene where the "sisters" speak to both Macbeth and Banquo and has little camera movement; and the second one a 57-minute very complex tracking shot where the camera wanders through a lot of different places and is always moving, in the style that would later become trademark for director Béla Tarr. See more »

Connections

Version of Macbeth (1998) See more »

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Incredible film-making, one five minute take, and one sixty two minute take...
11 February 2009 | by GrigoryGirlSee all my reviews

This is one of the most unique, fascinating films ever made from the Scottish play. The film was made for Hungarian TV, and it was shot on old fashioned, analog video. Yet Bela Tarr (one of the greatest filmmakers working today) made an incredible film. There are a mere 2 shots in the film. The pre-credits shot runs five minutes, the post credits shot runs 62 minutes. It's incredible that Tarr composed a 62 minute take, but that he does it so well, and you find yourself forgetting about the length of the shot, and are drawn into Tarr's world. Tarr is a master filmmaker, one of the greatest ever (certainly the best ever to emerge from Hungary), and this is one of his most fascinating films.

The film is available as a bonus feature on Facets's DVD of Satantango.


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Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

16 March 1983 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Макбет See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary

Company Credits

Production Co:

Magyar Televízió See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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