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The Film Versions of Macbeth

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Yoni Jay English Macbeth It is crucial to understand that in all Shakespeare's productions whether it be in music dance or theatre that ideas and meaning are subtly outlined so that everyone should take out their own interpretation from the text and tailor it to suit their understanding. It is also vital to understand that television is the most dominant sort of media there is to day and it is expanding rapidly. This is because television brings you action, drama and romance at any period of the day, it takes up little space in the house and you can watch in the comfort of your own home. Television is for mass audiences; millions of people around the globe are watching the very same programme and all in their own armchairs unlike theatre, which is directed to a small intimate group. Television is "packaged" for you, the directors allow you to watch what he wants you to watch. For example in the Royal Shakespeare production video to which I will be referring to throughout my coursework, displays a scene where the video just pictures Macbeth's eyes and ears in the foreground and people talking about him in the background. ...read more.


and in one scene she actually emerges out of the backdrop and that is the way she acted throughout the play. Lady Macbeth uses words to create darkness and it does not matter whether it is on a stage, without any scenery, the words themselves create a meaning of their own. Lighting is a significant medium in this film more so is the camera movement. The light which is shining on Duncan appears to look as though he himself is generating the light, whenever we see Duncan he has the appearance of being a godly figure as everyone around him is lit up in his ominous reflection. It is very hard to use many special devices on a stage in this production, but the only place we actually see a lot of light is in the parts Duncan plays in. The first glimpse of Glamys is in darkness as in the very next scene we see Lady Macbeth conjuring up these dark spirits. This can be proven in the later scene from the phrase "It is day but dark night strangles it." ...read more.


It is interesting to watch Macbeth in the theatre, the actors converse with the audience personally they look in their eyes whilst speaking. But what I don't like in the theatre is that it loses any dramatics an author would try to achieve. On the television you could watch just the face of the actor or you could change scenes in different places instantly, in the theatre you would watch the theatre stage in its entirety and the actors bodies on a whole which loses any drama trying to be created. If the director wants the actor to speak softly to express an emotion it will have a bad effect and even look quaint. We see this adaptation of Macbeth through the eyes of the director, what he wants us to see. For example the director is trying to point out that we see evil as darkness in this production which the ordinary viewer might not have noticed on his own. We see the struggle between what is good and evil, modern and old. This production expresses that point beautifully. 4 1 ...read more.

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