The prodigy son of an inventor and a musician, Welles was well-versed in literature at an early age, particularly Shakespeare, and, through the unusual circumstances of his life (both of his parents died by the time he was 12, leaving him with an inheritance and not many family obligations), he found himself free to indulge his numerous interests, which included the theater. He was educated in private schools and traveled the world. He found it tougher to get onto the Broadway stage, and get a job with Katharine Cornell. He later became associated with John Houseman, and, together, the two of them set the New York theater afire during the 1930s with their work for the Federal Theatre Project, which led to the founding of the Mercury Theater. The Mercury Players later graduated to radio, and their 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast made history when thousands of listeners mistakenly believed aliens had landed on Earth. In 1940, Hollywood beckoned, and Welles and company went west to… read more
A bumpy ride. The visuals and the atmosphere are more often than not tremendous, but they sit in stark contrast to the largely stilted/hammy performances of the whole cast (notwithstanding Welles himself, but even then this is hardly his best acting work). It's certainly an evocative and sufficient-enough adaptation, but even the restored version also feels rough and uneven at times.
I think I'm one of the few people who enjoyed this even more than Welles' Othello.
Macbeth ou l’histoire d’un héros qui sombre dans la folie suite à son ambition extrême. Mais aussi à cause des ravages causés par sa femme. Que dire sur cette version de Macbeth sinon que Welles appuie… read review