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How do different productions of "Macbeth" convey the themes of the play and portray the witches?

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James Gallimore How do different productions of "Macbeth" convey the themes of the play and portray the witches? In Shakespeare's "Macbeth" the opening scene conveys the themes of reality, illusion, fate, destiny, good and evil. These themes can be conveyed through the way the director, producer and editor produce the film. In Orson Welles' version of "Macbeth" is a horror. The mise-en-scene in the opening scene is the cauldron, the rocks and the witches. The cauldron connotes the themes of supernatural and evil. The witches connote evil and the supernatural. And is iconicity because of the way the witches are shown as old women with screeching voices suggests they are evil. The scene starts with mist which is slowly zooming out. This connotes the idea of mystery, which links with the theme of evil. This then dissolves into a shadowed set consisting of 3 figures (the witches) ...read more.


This extraordinary amount of power can be linked with the theme of evil. Whilst the introduction is taking place, there are quiet non-diegetic sounds, which are expressed more whilst there are diegetic sounds of the witches' dialog, although this quiet, as soon the witches say "Macbeth" it goes extremely loud. The non-diegetic music consists of mainly string instrument, which are used to create atmosphere. The "Macbeth - on the estate" film is seen more of an action movie than the Orson welles' version which is seen as a horror. It starts with a blank screen, and eerie non-diegetic sounds, for example wind and crow screeches. The crow screech symbolises death, and therefore links with the theme of evil. This also builds up curiosity to what is going to happen in the film. After this the blank screen fades into a baron derelict wasteland which is shrouded my mist. ...read more.


Then there is a battle scene, there are a lot of pauses in the shots here as it is the first time you see the characters of the film. As they are attacking, you can see there is a television, which is showing lottery numbers, this is associated with the theme of fate and destiny. Later on when Macbeth and Banquo follow the witches to their domain, it is suggested that it is the witches' domain because of the mise-en-scene. The mise-en-scene in this scene is the mirrors and candles. The mirrors relate to the theme of reality and illusion, and make the witches seem more supernatural. The candles also make the witches seem more supernatural. This also can be a montage, as the editor puts short clips of this mise-en scene into the scene, to relate to the theme of the supernatural. In conclusion the main ways in which the productions of "Macbeth" convey the themes of the play and portray the witches are through devices like: Montages, camera angles, lighting, the mise-en-scene and sound. Word count : 822 ...read more.

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