in about 100 words or less
US 107m, B&W
Director: Orson Welles; Cast: Orson Welles, Jeanette Nolan, Dan O’Herlihy, Roddy McDowall
Macbeth, as envisioned by Welles is an unorthodox production which is shaped by not only the film maker’s unique sensibilities, but by budgetary circumstances beyond his control. Shot in three weeks for a reported $700,000, the film has the look of a low-budget science-fiction horror film which employed a cast of ancient-tongued Scottish actors who appeared to be re-enacting a Reader’s Digest version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In view of these peculiarities, this initially maligned production was neither accessible for general movie going audiences of the day, or authentic enough for more traditional literary fans. As such, it is little wonder that Macbeth has long been little more than a curiosity, and admired for its esoteric sensibilities (Klaus Ming October 2011).