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||IMDB Rating: 7.6/10 from PASSED votes
||Release: 23 Jun 1950 /
||Genre: Drama, History, War
||Director: Orson Welles,
||Stars: Drama, History, War
||Synopsis: 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 ...
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The good news? For his last Hollywood film of the 1940s, Orson Welles
delivered a low-budget, inventive, expressionist Shakespeare adaptation
that served as a template for his experimental European films. The bad
news? Welles perhaps captures the eerie mood of "The Scottish Play" all
too well; the film is an unrelentingly dark and often uncomfortable
experience. The lugubrious pacing and indifferent acting offer little
respite from the play's fatalism.
A little background helps one better appreciate this film. After a
string of box office failures (including "The Magnificent Ambersons"
and "The Lady from Shanghai"), Welles signed on with Republic Pictures
to do a low-budget "Macbeth," hoping that he could popularize
Shakespeare on film as he had done on radio and in the theatre. His
actors rehearsed the play on tour, and painstakingly pre-recorded their
dialogue in Scottish brogues. Welles then shot the film in 23 days,
some kind of record for him. Well, you can guess what happened: The
studio hated it. They forced Welles to cut 20 minutes from the film,
and made the actors re-dub their dialogue with "normal" accents -
wasting all that time they spent in pre-production. The film bombed on
release and Welles spent the next 10 years working in Europe.
Years later, the original prints were found and released as another
"Lost Welles Classic." Unfortunately, time has devalued that label;
"Macbeth" doesn't quite meet the standard set by "Othello" or "Touch of
Evil," two other films that were restored after Welles' death. While
the Scottish accents are a nice touch, the extra running time actually
robs the film of some momentum. Welles did wonders with the cheap
Republic sets; the film is a masterpiece of expressionist set design.
The same can't be said of the costumes, which make Welles look like the
Statue of Liberty at one point. Constrained by having to sync their
movements to pre-recorded dialogue, the actors deliver wooden
performances (only the soliloquies, delivered in voice-over, resonate).
Fortunately, the last twenty minutes are visually captivating and offer
enough Wellesian moments to make the viewing worthwhile.
If Welles fails to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear - as he would
later do with "Othello" and "Chimes of Midnight" - he succeeds in
developing an expressionist style that he would later perfect with his
bizarro masterpiece "The Trial." "Macbeth" isn't exactly an enjoyable
movie experience; indeed, "returning were as tedious as go o'er." But
for the Welles aficionado, "Macbeth" provides an essential link between
Welles' Hollywood years and the independent style of his European work.
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