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Someone is Sleeping in My Pain: An East-West Macbeth

Synopsis
Feature film. A story of an American film director (Smith) who travels to Yemen to film an Arabic version of Macbeth among Yemeni tribal warriors. "The appeal of this Macbeth adaption is in making the difficulties of its realisation into the film’s subject. The circumstances of the shooting provide the framework for the film in film, the South Arabian Macbeth," he [Hagbeck] continues. "The boundaries between the documentation of the work and the staged story become increasingly blurred. The action of the feature film is reflected in the way it is produced, in the Macbeth-like ambition of the director. What was thought at the beginning of the film as being a naïve equation of a contemporary traditional culture with a poetic invention, develops into a dramatic debate between reality and projection, reality and the mise-en-scène." [www.hagbeck.com].
Language
English
Country
United States; Yemen
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2002
Duration
96 mins
Availability
No archive copy or distributor found (2007)

Credits

Director
Michael Roes
Producer
Michael Roes
Cinematographer
Manfred A. Hagbeck
Cast
Yahha Hammod Al-DhafeeriMacbeth (1) (Macbeth)
Andrea SmithDirector

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Macbeth
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
ethnology; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Yemen; Multiculturalism

Notes

Reviews
Lehmann, Courtney ‘Film Adaptations’ in Burt, Richard (ed). Shakespeares After Shakespeares: an Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture. 2 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006. p, 105, entry 404.

Yemen Observer (January 20, 2001 Issue 92 Vol. IV — Part 2).

Kino, no.2 (1 May 2001). p. 35.

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