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Macbeth the Comedy

Synopsis
Independent feature film offering a gay and lesbian Shakespeare film parody geared to a mainstream audience. Having just led the Scottish forces to victory, all Macbeth wants to do is go home, take a bubble bath and slip into her tartan minidress. Her plans change when she encounters three prognosticating ‘sisters’ who appear to be refugees from Greenwich Village. They tell Macbeth that she will one day become king . . . and the wheels of her ambition are set in motion..[tristanfilms.net/macbeth website].
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2001
Duration
90 mins
Availability
No distributor or archive copy found (2006).

Credits

Director
Allison L. LiCalsi
Producer
Patrick Murray
Cinematographer
Paul Anneliese
Screenplay
Allison L. LiCalsi
Cast
Erika BurkeMacbeth
Juliet FurnessLady Macbeth
Ted deChateletMacduff
Hugh Kelly (2)Malcolm
Dudley Jr FindlayBanquo
Christopher BriggsSouthern sister (Witch)
David HuberLennox
Gary BrownleeKilmarnock
Gerald DowneyDonalbain
John LittleKing Duncan
Matt DanielsCaptain
Michael Colby JonesSassy sister (Witch)
Phillip ChristianScary sister (Witch)
Scan Elias-ReyesAngus
Scott GalbraithRoss

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Macbeth
Keywords
gender representation; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Gay and lesbian interpretations; Gender reversal

Notes

Notes
`For every Shakespeare line is accompanied by a Stanislavskian paraphrase that tells the real story behind the words...' (Lehmann).
Awards
The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival 2001 - Audience Award for Best Feature.
Reviews
Lehmann, Courtney ‘Out Damned Scot: Dislocating Macbeth in Transnational Film and Media Culture’ in Burt, Richard and Lynda E. Boose (eds.) Shakespeare the Movie, II: Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, Video and DVD’ (New York & London: Routledge, 2003), pp 247-49.

Online Availability

Online URL
http://www.tristanfilms.net/macbeth/state.html

Production Company

Name

Tristan Films

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