Monday, April 16, 2007

Macbeth (1948)

***½
USA

Orson Welles' movie adaptation of Shakespeare's story - easily the best of the American ones - is famous for having been made in 21 days. The sets were made of papier-mache and have an otherworldly quality that aids the mood enormously. The performances vary in tone and conviction - as do the Scottish accent attempts - though they're generally adequate at the very least.

dir: Orson Welles
ph: John L. Russell
cast: Orson Welles, Jeanette Nolan, Dan O'Herlihy, Roddy McDowall, Edgar Barrier, Alan Napier, Erskine Sanford, John Dierkes, Keene Curtis, Peggy Webber, Lionel Braham, Archie Huegly, Jerry Farber, Christopher Welles

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