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MACBETH (“Scottish Version”)


Thursday - Saturday, January 15 - 17

*Friday’s 7:10 show introduced by Welles historian Joseph McBride, followed by Q&A with Chris Welles Feder, daughter of Orson Welles (and who appears in Macbeth).

(1948, Orson Welles) In the gloomy, claustrophobic atmosphere of a studio-shot primitive world, a feudal lord (Welles in the title role) decides to go for the kingship, with horrifically fated results. Re-edited by its studio – with the original Scottish brogues redubbed into American accents – this is Welles’ original 108-minute cut, as restored by UCLA Film Archive. (See original release “American” version on January 25.)  Approx. 108 min. 35mm.


“All atmosphere and movement, filmed on forthrightly stagy sets with a restlessly tracking camera… There is force in this rough, hasty rendering; the sheer speed of the pacing gives it a quality of crushing delirium.” 
—Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

“One of the director's most personal creations, it's a courageous experiment with a craggy barbaric splendor all its own.” 
– Elliott Stein, Village Voice

– Geoff Andrew, Time Out (London)


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MACBETH: Q & A with Joe McBride & Chris Welles Feder

(Recorded January 16, 2015)

Film Forum