Primacy of Visual Dramatization over Comprehensive Shakespearean Text


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Primacy of Visual Dramatization over Comprehensive Shakespearean Text
This scene from the film Macbeth (1948) reflects Act 5, scene ii and a partial scene from Act 5, scene iii in which Macbeth is under siege from Malcolm and the various armies collected from Scotland and England. A group of Scottish lords have assembled in order to discuss the plans to attack Macbeth, and they define him as the “tyrant” that must be destroyed in order to restore order to the region. Primarily, the lords are discussing the madness of Macbeth in that he is unable to realize the danger he is nor can he understand how his murderous tyranny has roused the anger of all that stand against him. In many ways, the film relies more heavily on visuals in favor of...
The end: Nordic depiction of the warriors. In this setting, the misty battle lands the warriors discuss their plans and the castle setting in Macbeth’s castle detail the Scottish gloom in which the battle takes. Place. The camera angles rely primarily on wide group shots, which then move into a close-up of Angus’s (Rody MacDowall) face in the Scottish lord scene. However, a single slide motion shot that encircles Macbeth (Orson Wells) never breaks with the coming messenger that he converses with about the coming battle. In this way, the film dramatizes the intensity of the text, which reinforces the need for camera shots to dramatize Macbeth’s madness and coming downfall.
Works Cited
Macbeth (1948). Dir. Orson Wells. USA: Republic Pictures, 2001.