- Acting of Lead Performers
- Acting of Supporting Cast
- Music Score
- Title Sequence
- Historical Importance
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My first time.
I saw his play as a high school student watching a good college dramatic school rendition. The college was not in NY, and I was just a kid, but it will forever remind me what really matters is the acting and play itself. I am one of the few who does not salivate over Citizen Kane, and thought his next film, The Magnificent Ambersons, which Welles directs but does not act, is ten times better. Citizen Kane is a cheap shot at several people he did not like, and is all too repeated in today's films which unless they are CGI's, they are cheap shots at someones favorite political views.This film is too far in the past to condemn any specif person, and is a classic to the failings of human nature, of which we all have to some degree or other. Because of that, they will still be showing the play a thousand years from now, and Citizen Kane will probably be forgotten.
- Hauntess A. Clichae
The simplicity of dim, sparse staging & costumery for the senses- ernest impersonations & recitations of ugly, bad, & good characters for the mind that searches the heart. And yet it's way too much for the thought/liberated, deafening majority.
A must to experience
- J.D. Hines
Wells could do anything. His MacBeth is still hip. It is visually compelling, well-acted, appropriately gory and spooky, and fun.
A classic - in more ways than one
I remember watching this as a college freshman 20-odd years ago. We had been warned by the professor that the operative words were 'low-budget'. And it shows - the costumes, the sets, and especially the sound. Due to budget constraints, the audio was recorded separately from the video, and there are some places it really shows. I also seem to remember he said the entire movie was shot in a week - but that could be wrong.On the other hand, the acting is superb and the story is told well, which says a lot given all of the other hurdles. This helps the overall film overcome these significant hurdles. I think it's well worth watching.
This is the film where you really see where Welles would spend the remaining 30 years of his career. By this time he is no longer "bankable" so the studios had largely abandoned him. So Welles is in a wilderness where he struggled for financing and to complete projects. Invariably the projects always seemed to be a bit flawed but always watchable and visually fascinating.Perhaps not the best Macbeth but enjoyable and visually arresting. Still you wonder what he would have produced with a bit more money and bit less confusion.