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Show how two different directors present the opening/witches scenes.

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Macbeth William Shakespeare Show how two different directors present the opening/witches scenes. We watched two different versions of Macbeth. One was the BBC Shakespeare and the other one was a production called Middle English! While both productions told the story of the original play by William Shakespeare they were different in a number of ways. The BBC Shakespeare presents a traditional version of Macbeth. The director starts with a long shot of a bleak, empty landscape. As the camera zooms in it starts to focus on a granite platform with three objects lying on top. The rock-like platform is bathed in swirling mists and there is a greyish lighting used with occasional flashes of light to represent lighting. There are also loud percussion noises to represent thunder. This is because in Shakespeare's play the opening scene has stage directions for a storm and the first lines spoken by the witches also support this idea "When shall we three meet again in thunder, lighting, or in rain. ...read more.

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It becomes clear later that Macbeth has won a great battle against the witches when he is tempted to kill King Duncan. This battle he loses. The witches also confuse the audience when they say "Fair is foul and foul is fair Hover though the fog and filthy air. Putting two words that are opposites side by side is an oxymoron. The effect of this on the audience is to confuse them and make them feel that things aren't right. These lines also refer to one of the themes in the play-the idea that not every thing it seems. For example the witches seem to give Macbeth. Good news Macbeth seems to be a brave and. loyal solder. Lady Macbeth seems to be perfect hostess. But in each of these examples and others in the play they are not what they seem. The other interesting idea within these lines "Fair is foul..." is that the very first words Macbeth speaks in the play are.'So fair and foul a day I have not seen' He is of course referring to the weather and to the victories battle he has just come from. ...read more.

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The witches are shown first. They are played by^ women who are dressed as beggars or tramps. They wear layers of clothing and head dresses of varying sorts. Each one wears something red to symbolise perhaps the bloodshed and murder that is to follow. Their faces are clearly visible and while they aren't as ugly as the ones in the other version there is something unpleasant about them. They speak to each other using an edited version of the original text. The music used is fast paced. The lighting is bright. The scene is colourful and the overall effect of this opening is different from the BBC one. There is a sense of excitement and urgency achieved by the rapid delivery of their lines -their quick movements as they pack up and prepares for Macbeth's arrival and the fast music and drum beat that is part of this scene. Therefore while the BBC Shakespeare is slow dark and solemn suggesting the play is a tragedy, The Middle English Programme suggests a frantic excited play of action and pace. I preferred the more modem filmed version because it was easier to understand because they where acting it out in a more modem way. ...read more.

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