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Voodoo Macbeth

Synopsis
Feature film. Fictionalised telling of the true story of the 1936 Orson Welles production of Macbeth in Harlem with an all-Black cast, the action relocated to the 19th century in a country reminiscent of Haiti.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2021
Duration
108 mins

Credits

Director
Agazi Desta; Christopher Beaton; Dagmawi Abebe; Ernesto Sandoval; Hannah Bang; Roy Arwas; Sabina Vajraca; Tiffany Kontoyiannis; Victor Alonso-Berbel; Zoe Salnave
Producer
John Watson (2)
Cinematographer
Bash Achkar
Music
Jongnic Bontemps
Cast
Ashli HaynesEdna Thomas
Daniel KuhlmanJohn Houseman
Ephraim LópezJuano Hernandez
Gary McDonaldJack Carter
Hunter BodineMartin Dies
Inger TudorRose McClendon
Jewell Wilson BridgesOrson Welles
June SchreinerVirginia Welles
Wrekless WatsonCuba Johnson

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Macbeth
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare

Notes

Notes
Made with a grant from Warner Bros, this ambitious student film from the USC School of Cinematic Arts was co-directed by ten people.
General
The film includes a number of fictional elements and historical inaccuracies. The lead actor, Jack Carter, is shown being replaced during rehearsals but he in fact starred in the production in Harlem throughout; the actor Canada Lee is not mentioned and replaced by a fictionalised version named ‘Cuba Johnson’; the film focuses on the role played by actor Rose McClendon, founder of the Negro People’s Theatre, and suggests she was present throughout the entire production when in fact, due to serious health issues, she had to curtail her involvement from late 1935, several months before the play opened.
Reviews
Reviewed by Ray Kelly on 2 March 2021 on the Wellesnet website: https://www.wellesnet.com/voodoo-macbeth-review/

Production Company

Name

University of Southern California

Name

Warner Bros Pictures

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