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Analyse each Directors choice of setting for the three films (all versions of Macbeth) - Explain what you think the director is trying to achieve in each case and how effective you believe him to have been - Refer to the idea you think the director has ab

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Analyse each Directors choice of setting for the three films. Explain what you think the director is trying to achieve in each case and how effective you believe him to have been. Refer to the idea you think the director has about the play. In this essay I will analyse the opening scenes of three versions of Macbeth. The three versions are directed by Orson Welles, Michael Bogdanov and Trevor Nunn. Each expert in their directorial field. The directors brought their own interpretations of Shakespeare's Macbeth. The main feature of Orson Well's interpretaion was the use of black and white film. A feature of Michael Bogdanov's version was the modern set. He chose to bring the story into the twentieth century and chose a set which reflected this. Trevor Nunn's interpretation although on film was actually like a theatre production. In the following paragraphs I intend to show how the directors use of Lighting, set, costume, camera shots, pace, mood and script for the opening scenes will set the tone of the play. The Michael Bogdanov setting has to be the strangest of the lot instead of a dark and misty day, which we expect it, opens with a bright hazy day this confuses us because we expect the opening to be much more moody and dramatic to reflect the evil in the play. ...read more.

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At the end of the scene they manage to turn a lump of clay into a clay baby which they call Macbeth in a voodoo like way. This part of the play serves to draw the audiences attention so that they are drawn into the drama anxious to know what happens next. Trevor Nunn portrays the witches as being dressed in rags. One of the witches appears to be experiencing spasms. The close up shot shows her spitting and sweating as if speech and physical effort are difficult for her. Each witch appeared to be slightly different as if to suggest that they each had their own character and personality and that this would inevitably fulfil a particular role within the play. These features allowed the audience to identify with each character separately. The one with the turban looked like she was probably going to be the dominant witch and this would have given the audience a feeling that this witch was the powerful one. The scene was made more powerful by the use of screaming. Screaming was supposed to make the witches seem even scarier and the air permeated with evil and a sense of the supernatural. The music stops as soon as the witches enter and is replaced with lots of thunder and lightning sound effects. ...read more.

Conclusion

He chose to introduce the character of Duncan at the outset rather than in a later scene. There were noticeable changes to the words the witches spoke he chose to accentuate part of the speeches by repetition. For example he made the witches repeat the name Macbeth. The witches were characterised into 'the witch who asked the questions', the witch who answered the questions and the witch who never spoke but gave the feeling of being psychic this meant the lines had to be changed to accommodate these characterisations. In conclusion I think the most successful version was Orson Wells interpretation and this was because he chose to use black and white film. He made the best use of language, set, lighting, and sound effects which created the best sense of the supernatural and therefore captured the spirit of the play. I think the worst interpretation and the one I least liked was the Trevor Nunn one. This was because of the stark setting, minimal props and the language did not flow well and the pace was too slow and I got bored. I thought Michael Bogdanov's interpretation was very innovative. It was interesting to see how he brought the play into a 20th century setting. The pace was fast which kept me interested. Bearing in mind that today we don't believe witches exist he managed to convince us that they were real by the costumes they wore and their acting. `` ...read more.

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