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Macbeth

Synopsis
Fiction film of Macbeth containing at least 17 sequences with the focus on the first half of the play. Shot largely in the studio, the film was not well received by the trade papers and its censorship by police authorities at its Chicago exhibition is well documented by Ball (op cit).
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Silent
Year of release
1908
Recording date
17 Apr 1908
Duration
9 mins; 835 feet

Credits

Director
William V. Ranous
Cast
William V. RanousMacbeth
Louise CarverLady Macbeth
Paul PanzerMacduff
Charles KentBanquo
Charles KentKing Duncan
Florence LawrenceGuest at banquet
Florence TurnerGuest at banquet

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
The film was copyrighted April 2 1908 and some paper strips are held by the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress has sample frames from 17 scenes, second item on reel VITAGRAPH PAPER PRINT FRAGMENTS NO. 81.
Reviews
Ball, Robert Hamilton. Shakespeare on Silent Film: A Strange Eventful History. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1968 (p. 39, 41-3, 45, 49, 88, 310)

Production Company

Name

Vitagraph Company of America

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

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