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Macbeth. Part 1: The Politics of Power

Synopsis
Series, in three parts, showing how the meaning of the play can change in the hands of a director. Director Douglas Campbell has firm convictions about Macbeth (including his belief that parts of the play have been lost), which he illustrates with the help of actors of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Canada.
1: The POLITICS OF POWER explores the political dimensions of the play: are the witches goddesses of fate, wicked hags, or figments of Macbeth’s imagination? How is it possible to portray Macbeth both as a brutal murderer and a tragic hero?
Series
Macbeth
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film; Film. 17mm. col. 28, 28, 33 min.
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1964
Year of production
1964
Availability
OUT OF DISTRIBUTION (2005)
Notes
The Library of Congress holds master material only, no viewing copy (5/2008).
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Stage directing; Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival

Credits

Director
Douglas Campbell; John Barnes
Writer
Douglas Campbell; John Barnes
Cast
Duncan Lamont 
George Hagan 
Gudrun Ure 
Michael Gwynn 
William Squire 

Distribution Formats

Type
Film
Format
16mm

Sections

Title
Macbeth I: the politics of power
Synopsis
1: Explores the political dimensions of the play: are the witches goddesses of fate, wicked hags, or figments of Macbeth’s imagination? How is it possible to portray Macbeth both as a brutal murderer and a tragic hero?

Title
Macbeth II: the themes of Macbeth

Title
Macbeth III: the secret’st man

Production Company

Name

Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation

Web
http://www.eb.com External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 312 347 7944
Fax
+1 312 347 7903
Address
Chicago, IL 60604
USA

Archive

Name

Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division

Web
http://catalog.loc.gov/ External site opens in new window
Phone
(20) 707-8572
Fax
(20) 707-237’1
Address
Motion Picture & Television Reading Room
James Madison Building, LM 336
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C.
20540-4690
United States

Distributor

Name

National Education Video Library

Contact
John Lovell
Email
tryfannevl@aol.com
Phone
01286 676001 or 07768 105467
Fax
01286 676001
Address
Arfon House
Bontnewydd
Caernarvon
Gwynned
LL54 7UN
Notes
Formerly the National Audio Visual (Aids) Library. No longer holds 16mm material. Retains the negatives and copyright to the EFVA material, but have no viewing copies. Video only. (1/97) Alternative address might be Arfon House, Bontnewydd, Caernarvon, Gwynned LL54 7UN Telephone/Fax 01286 676001
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