Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Done In 60 Seconds Competition 2015
Guide To Marvel's Infinity War
The Making Of The West Wing
Get 12 Issues For Only £25 Today
The perfect gift this Christmas
Farewell To Middle-earth
Full details of our Peter Jackson-edited issue
Feature
The Best Of Macbeth On Screen
As Fassbender and Portman gear up for the Scottish Film, we look at Macbeths gone by…

submit to reddit

This week news emerged that Michael Fassbender is attached to a new production of Macbeth, to be directed by Snowtown’s Justin Kurzel and with Natalie Portman set to be his Lady Macbeth. It seems like a good move for Fassbender who is, after all, So Hot Right Now and Portman’s reportedly been hoping to play Shakespeare’s ambitious Lady for ages. What’s more, while they’re following in the footsteps of some of the greatest actors of the last century – including several of Fassbender’s fellow mutants – there have been relatively few versions of The Scottish Play onscreen. Here we profile a few of the best…

WORDS HELEN O'HARA
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  1 of 10 Next
The Best Of Macbeth On Screen | Macbeth (1948)
Macbeth (1948)

Director: Orson Welles
Macbeth:
Orson Welles
Lady Macbeth: Jeanette Nolan

Funnily enough, this isn’t even Welles’ most famous Macbeth. He directed a stage version in Harlem in 1936, setting the action in Haiti and turning the three witches into voo doo practitioners. Perhaps still stinging from accusations of inflaming racist tensions, his film version twelve years later was a slightly more traditional take, setting the action in 11th century Scotland and maintaining the Scottish accents among the cast. At the time, it was compared unfavourably to Olivier’s Hamlet, which was released around the same time, but it’s aged well and is now considered one of Welles’ better efforts.
 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
 
1 of 10
Next

Have Your Say
Register or login now to let us know what you think.

Your Comments

1 Polanski's Macbeth
Re: Polanski's Macbeth A nekkid sleepwalking scene by Amis? Do we really want to see Martin Amis doing the Full Monty? Or perhaps you meant Francesa Annis, who is a terrific actress (A Pin to See the Peepshow, Dune, Revolver etc) and deserves to have her name spelt correctly. More

Posted by doravale on Sunday May 5, 2013, 14:57

2
Quite glad the 2006 Aussie version showed up here. That one was my favorite. More

Posted by NeoBrowser on Saturday May 4, 2013, 10:42

3 Polanksi's Macbeth works!
We use it at school when we teach the play (to older kids). Best line from a kid in response to the movie - on seeing Macbeth's castle atop an enormous hill in the middle of a completely flat countryside this little gem was overhead from the back of the class, "Wouldn't want that f**ker on my paper round." More

Posted by AndyKirk on Friday May 3, 2013, 19:55

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

SAVE UP TO 48% GET 12 ISSUES FOR ONLY £25
Get the best seat in the house by subscribing to the world's biggest movie magazine today. Save up to 69% and every month you'll get exclusive subscriber-only covers, access to the biggest stars and the best news, reviews and behind-the-scenes reports straight from the set. Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Vote Now: The Jameson Empire Awards 2015
Tell us your favourite films and stars of the year

The Gift Guide 2014: 50 Must-Have Items This Christmas
Box sets, hardware, clothing, books and stocking fillers to buy

Empire's Jurassic World Trailer Tour
We guide you, Richard Kiley-style, through the secrets of the new park

Empire's Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies Covers
Five armies. Five covers. The eagles, dwarves, elves, men and orcs prepare for battle in our Peter Jackon guest-edited issue

Empire’s Peter Jackson Issue Subscribers' Cover Arrives
Five Armies, three elves, two heavenly creatures and one giant ape

Josh Hutcherson On The Hunger Games Phenomenon
'I've done my fair share of young adult material now'

What Is A Squidward? A Beginner's Guide To SpongeBob SquarePants
If you aren’t already a massive fan, prepare to become one

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)