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Scenes from Macbeth

Synopsis
Feature film short. A parodic version of Macbeth set in the world of contemporary Toronto’s business elite. Macbeth’s rise is spurred by the prophecy of three bag ladies; his fall is planned over a power lunch. Lanier (op cit) notes ‘Several transpositions of Shakespeare’s play are especially witty: the witches are barmy homeless women, and street urchins chant their spells as a rap number and a pickup truck filled with Christmas trees serves for Birnham Wood coming to Dunsinane (Macbeth is gunned down from the truck in a drive-by shooting)'.
Language
English
Country
Canada
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
1992
Duration
45 mins

Credits

Director
Chris Philpott
Screenplay
Chris Philpott

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Macbeth
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Rap music

Notes

History
The film was broadcast on TV Ontario in 1992 - transmission date not known.
Reviews
Lanier, Douglas ‘Film Spin-Offs and Citations’ 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. 209, entry 855).

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre

Email
director@cfmdc.org
Web
http://www.cfmdc.org External site opens in new window
Phone
416 558 0725
Fax
416 588 7956
Address
401 Richmond St. W., Suite 245
Toronto
Ontario
MSV 3A*
Canada

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