18 January 2014

Macbeth 1948 (Welles)

Macbeth 1948
  • Director: Orson Welles
  • Based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth
  • Cast: Orson Welles, Jeanette Nolan, Roddy MacDowell, Dan O’Herlihy
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor/actress in:
    • Orson Welles: Voyage of the Damned, Catch 22, A Man for All Seasons, Chimes at Midnight (a.k.a. Falstaff), The Long Hot Summer, Moby Dick, Citizen Kane
    • Jeanette Nolan: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and many old TV series
    • Roddy MacDowell: Overboard, The Poseidon Adventure, Inside Daisy Clover, Cleopatra, The Longest Day, Planet of the Apes and sequels
    • Dan O’Herlihy: Robocop and sequels, Imitation of Life, Failsafe and many old TV series
  • Why? Shakespeare
  • Seen: January 11, 2014 

       Another disappointment. I expect so much more of Orson Welles but this is at the same time silly, melodramatic and monotonous.   It is in fact impossible to stay awake but I see enough to object to the blatant Christian overtones, to wonder why they mix up the order of the scenes and move Lady Macduff to the Macbeth caste, and to giggle at the silly crowns and helmets.
       As always I like the dramatic black and white cliffs and stairs and craggy tors and the fog but that’s not enough to make a good film.
       I want a good Macbeth film!

1 ½ * of 5  

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