Macbeth (1948)

Not entirely successful, hardly surprisingly in that it was shot in 23 days on a cheap Western backlot at Republic Studios. Also, Ms Nolan's Lady Macbeth is something of a disaster. That said, though, the film - unlike so many adaptations of the Bard - is pure cinema: moodily magnificent photography by John L Russell reinforces the sense of a nightmarish world before time, where primitive emotions hold sway with absolute, compelling simplicity. Adventurous film-making that takes risks, and full of imaginative flourishes.

Release details

Rated: PG
Duration: 87 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Orson Welles
Screenwriter: Orson Welles
Cast: Orson Welles
Jeanette Nolan
Dan O'Herlihy
Roddy McDowall
Edgar Barrier
Alan Napier
Erskine Sanford
John Dierkes
Gus Schilling
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