Macbeth - Édition Collector 3 DVD [inclus 1 livre de 80 pages]
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11è siècle. Une contrée plongée dans la brume, pelée et macabre. Un noble écossais, influencé par une sombre prophétie et par sa belle mais redoutable jeune épouse, est conduit à commettre un acte de trahison qui va le rendre ROI. Mais il n apprécie guère sa couronne si chèrement acquise....
11è siècle. Une contrée plongée dans la brume, pelée et macabre. Un noble écossais, influencé par une sombre prophétie et par sa belle mais redoutable jeune épouse, est conduit à commettre un acte de trahison qui va le rendre Roi. Mais il n'apprécie guère sa couronne si chèrement acquise...Voir l'ensemble des Descriptions du produit
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Le tout servi par la langue sublime et subtile de l'auteur. Deux génies conjugués.
Et la restauration offre une qualité sonore et visuelle non négligable.
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Be warned, you'll need some tolerance for Brecht-meets-Ed Wood-style details never meant to be seen presumably at this level of clarity -- such as dirt on the edges of the sky --you can see the fingerprints of stage techs on the foggy moor sky backdrop, mismatched painting in an upper corner of the set; the rear projection and shadows and so forth all have an extra Guy Maddin / Ed Wood / Godard style unreality, but as a Welles fan you should relish that, and now we can look into the deep shadowed faces and see the full beauty of the characters' beards, mouths, eyes, and so forth. You wont regret it--
as to the film itself, here's my old review --
...if you've never seen it, Welles MacBeth is like a crazy 1930s German Expressionist bad acid trip, with Welles in florid ham actor mode, his Irish brogue soaring like a hawk. If you love cinema though, you will love crazy Welles drunken sweaty rampaging through his cheap papier mache caverns with his weird statue of liberty crown way more than you could ever love similar more "perfect" adaptations like say, Olivier's HAMLET which came out that same year. That film is amazing, but Olivier is just too graceful, too perfect and measured and his horrible blonde bangs. Let's put it this way, Olivier's film is much better, but Welles' is greater. Olivier is the piano prodigy who plays for the old ladies and gets all the grant money; Welles is the rebel down at the jazz joint, tearing it up in a threadbare tux with a wailin' bebop trio. Who would you rather hang out with, even if you didn't know where your next meal was coming from?
Drawback: No English Subtitles, only Korean ones. I guess its not a drawback if you read Korean well enough. I don't, so...
"Macbeth" was produced on the relative cheap (about $500,000), filmed at a breakneck pace (about twenty days), and the result is a haggard, stylized tone poem. This is Shakespeare as lurid film noir. The messy quality somehow makes it more compelling, mostly because Welles' unsurpassed visual imagination compensates for the low-end production values. He embraces the supernatural aspects of the play: stylized sets serving for blasted heath and dank castles are blanketed in fog and lit in high contrast B & W. Askew angles and Welles' signature deep-focus photography make for bold, innovative compositions. Gothic flourishes like the silhouetted Weird Sisters seem fever-dream induced. Plenty of sound and fury to be found here. Even a master stylist like Kurosawa borrowed liberally from Welles for his own Macbeth adaptation, "Throne of Blood." Check out both films' "Not 'Til Birnam Wood come to Dunsinane!" sequences and see how Kurosawa compared notes with Welles.
The performances follow Welles' film noir aesthetic. Jeannette Nolan understands Lady Macbeth is among drama's ultimate femme fatales, and plays her like a vampish shrew with a boot of a face but a killer body. She always seems to tower over her whipped husband in the early portion of the film. Welles proceeds to diminish her place in the frame as her power wanes and she descends into despair and madness. Nolan's strong performance and Welles' equally solid turn in the title role are the foundation of this movie. Their theatrical Scottish brogues are occasionally cringe-inducing, but the intense love their characters have for each other is palpable.
Though both leads are solid, the main interest here lies in the hallucinatory intensity of the images. The nightmarish world Welles creates, a world of overt nihilism oddly coupled with doomed fate, makes the skin crawl. Though the text is gutted and some of the acting too shoddy to make this anywhere near a definitive version of "Macbeth", Welles' endless sense of invention carries him through. This is a must-see for anyone with more than a passing interest in Orson Welles or Shakespeare's most feverishly intense play.
The movie does not follow the play, as it changes some characters, and scenes. however it is a very gifted interpretation. I thought that showing the execution of the Thane of Cawdor, which is related on the play, but not enacted, was an example at the effectiveness of this interpretation: The suffering yet dignified Thane is carried in the arms of soldiers to his execution and Macbeth sees it, which puts Duncan in a totally different light, even if Macbeth is benefitting from his generosity.
Welles' Macbeth is a dark soul from the start, and this darkness is what probably attracts the witches to his path, for as much as they outline the possibilities of destiny, it is he that decides these ramblings of the magical ones are a definitive version that he needs to enforce. He portrays the character's shadowed nature very well, and I liked the idea of having part of the dialogue told as if he were thinking it, not speaking it.
The atmosphere of this play of doom could never having been done better than in this dark castle that is built so it is actually part of the very rocks on which it stands, its halls caverns. It sets the atmosphere of mystery and darkness that are an integral part of the work. Jeanette Nolan's Lady Macbeth , is very competent, though not on the level of Welles Macbeth, no one is in the film, yet all the supporting roles are pretty well carried out. I am not a fan of Roddy McDowell, but his Malcolm was better than a lot of what he did later.
I strongly recommend the movie as an excellent interpretation of the play.
Orson Welles plays a really whacked-out Macbeth - the picture on the cover of the DVD really says it all. The shadowy, glowering stare, the jutting chin - topped with that bizarre crown and the on-again, off-again accent, you can easily see him as the conscience-free usurper of the Scottish throne.
Lady Macbeth (Jeannette Nolan) is quite a study, too. I think that Welles might have played her in full dominatrix gear if he'd been able to get away with it. She has an oily yet commanding demeanor and a snaky hairdo - a long ponytail thing that looks like a black python draped over her shoulder. Fitting!
The scenery is perfect - the crazy, blurry witches fit in perfectly with the deserted moor; the Macbeth's castle looks like the waiting room for a torture chamber. Done in 1930s black and white, it wonderfully highlights this dirty, nasty plot.
I bought this DVD to show my high school and middle school Shakespeare classes so that we could compare/contrast it with the BBC version (available here: BBC Shakespeare Tragedies DVD Giftbox ) and with the A&E MacKellan/Dench version Macbeth / McKellen, Dench (Thames Shakespeare Collection)