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Macbeth

Synopsis
Amateur, low-budget production of the play made at Northwestern University, Chicago, using local settings and student talent.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
1946
Duration
70 mins; 2,533 (16mm) feet

Credits

Director
Thomas A. Blair
Producer
David Bradley (2)
Cinematographer
David Bradley (2)
Writer
William Shakespeare
Costume
Charlton Heston
Cast
David Bradley (2)Macbeth
Jain WilimovskyLady Macbeth
William BatholomayMacduff
J. Royal MillsMalcolm
Alexander WinterWitch
Ann Thompson (2)Witch
Irene ElsterWitch
J. Norton DunnSeyton
Louis NorthropKing Duncan
Virginia NelsonLady Macduff
William SweeneyPorter

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Macbeth
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Amateur theatre

Notes

Notes
Budget c$5,000
General
Charlton Heston is believed to be the costume designer.
Reviews
Peter Morris in his survey ‘Shakespeare On Film’, Films in Review 24:3 (1973), pp132-163 notes’Excellent use is made of cross-lighting, silhouette shots, double exposures, key lighting and wide-angle lenses. A striking tracking shot is used in the scene in which Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane. All in all, it seems like an interesting test run for Welles’ version two years later’.

Production Company

Name

Willow Productions

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
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Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
Name

UCLA Film & Television Archive

Email
arsc@ucla.edu
Web
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Phone
(310) 206 5388
Fax
(310) 206 5392
Address
Individual Access
Archive Study and Research Center
46 Powell Library
302 East Melnitz
Los Angeles
CA90095-1323
USA

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