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A study of Macbeth's witches in two films.

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A study of Macbeth's witches in two films The three sisters are introduced in two different films showing two different ways reflected two different point of views . the two films are Orsan Welles' Macbeth and Roman Polkan's Macbeth. Orsan Welles' was produced in year1948in black and white whereas Roman Polanski's was produced in 1971 in colours. Striking similarities and differences are observed in both films in the witches appearance , voice , and words . I examined the general appearance of the two withes in both films and the deeper meaning of the witches . I also studied the sound effects the rhythm , the speed of the conversations and how they vary from the Shakespeare's original witches and text. Orsan welles choose to direct his film in black and white for the great contrast between black and white , where white represents good things and peaceful things, while black stands for bad evil things . if most of the screen is black Orsan means that something evil is going to prevail , but leaving most of the screen white indicates some good happenings . But Roman Polanski choose to direct his film in colours for it is more realistic he used clear , yet dull colours to suit the dull , bloody and gloomy atmosphere of the play and to make the audience expect something weird going to happen introducing the three weird sisters. ...read more.


when the speed of the speech was all the same , slow different pitches were used while mentioning the prophecies . the first prophecy was said in a low voice , the second was mentioned in an even louder voice the gradual increase in the pitches used gives a kind of warning of the future . Here I feel that Orsan's film is more efficient and terrifying than Polanski's. When I examined the voices, words and sounds I could observe many similarities and differences between the two films as mentioned before .Orsan Well's has combined scene four and while Roman Polanski kept the same division as in the Shakespeare's arrangement of the play . most of the Shakespeare lines I were kept the same but the following lines were cut by both directors . " I come , Graymalkin" " Paddock calls anon" these two lines don't add to the story development and the vocabulary is unfamiliar to the modern audience . the music played as a background sound was strikingly different in both films ; in Orsan Well's film a Scottish music was played as an echo of the Scottish spirit whereas Polanski's film screeching sounds were played as a background music suit the scene . The tools the witches used to tell the seeds of the future are obviously different in both films . In Orsan Welles' film witches used a cauldron to cast their spell, flames were set to let the blood bubble in the cauldron ...read more.


But Oran welles' witches spoke at various speeds and different pitches of sound, the three prophecies were said in different pitches; their voice gets lower by each prophecy as a warring of the future witch they can predict. Also the tools used in Polanski's film emphasizes the idea that his film is more realistic for the witches used a stick, a hand and a dagger; these are all images that we see again later in the film when Macbeth killed king Duncan; this is more realistic and reliable for the modern audience than the cauldron and the blood. This made an echo of the belief of the time when the welles' film was directed (1948) since witchcraft is a thing that the Elizabethan audience believes in which modern audience sees as unrealistic since nowadays we never believe in witchcraft. Both films reflect two different views for Macbeth, the hero thought the witches ; one suggested that Macbeth is responsible for his deeds but the other thought he was a victim of the Witches' evil spirits. Polanski's film is coloured and creates realistic shots and his Witches are not stereotypes , yet scary while Orsan Welles' film is melodramatic . I think that Orsan Welles' film should be played in a theatre because it is not like our real world and the acting style is very old fashioned yet , it is scary and interesting as well as Polanski's. ...read more.

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