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Directed by Orson Welles

United States 1948 107 mins.

Welles’ passion project was made at the scrappy Republic Pictures on discarded lots previously used for Roy Rogers Westerns. At the time of its production it was only the fourth Hollywood adaptation of a Shakespeare work. Despite its low-budget origins, Macbeth retains a striking visual style consistent with Welles’ earlier films in addition to a psychological intensity found in few films of the period. Welles stars at Macbeth, an ambitious Scottish general intent on acquiring power by any means necessary, whose moral corruption is spurred on by Jeanette Nolan’s conniving Lady Macbeth. Welles dives into the role, his immense dramatic powers channeled through a thick Scottish brogue.

Genres: Drama

Appears in: Orson Welles at 100



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