Macbeth (1948)

One of the most well known playwrights and artists passed away on this day. William Shakespeare’s works have gone onto inspire generations of people through music and theater. In 1948 Orson Welles directed and acted in one of the most well done versions of Macbeth.

Sticking well to the story the movie opens up with the three witches standing around a cauldron chanting. When Macbeth and his companion Banquo come across them, they inform Macbeth of what he is to become. But, they warn him of what could happen if he does not wait to become King of Scotland. Macbeth brushes this off as he knows that this is not possible. However, when Macbeth tells his to his wife Lady Macbeth she encourages him to kill the King and he does so. Although, he is successful as a king Macbeth becomes more and more paranoid killing off those close to him, including Banquo. One night at a feast he sees Banquo who harps on his inability to achieve what the king has done before him. Banquo does not let it go that Macbeth is responsible for his death. This drives Macbeth well into the madness that the witches had warned him of. In shock of what has become of her husband, Lady Macbeth takes her own life. In a reckless movie, he orders the death of MacDuff’s family. MacDuff he views as his ultimate rival, yet only MacDuff’s son and wife are killed. MacDuff shows up to the castle to challenge Macbeth to a duel. Reckless Macbeth accepts as the witches had told him the only man that could kill him is one of unnatural birth. MacDuff was birth was of Caesar-an, so when he tells Mabeth this it shocks him. MacDuff manages to kill Macbeth allowing order to be restored.

Macbeth is a classic tale that many people are drawn to. Even though, the language can be difficult to understand, it is still one that many love today. In 1948, Orson Welles directed and acted in a film version of William Shakespeares masterpiece. On April 23, 1616 William Shakespeare passed away, but he still lives on through his art.

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