Stratford HD production of last summer’s play, converted to a film.

The play was great. The film is very good. It is amazing how different the experience of watching the film is from watching the play live.

A couple of things I noticed: first, it is easier to hear and follow the language in the film. I heard speeches I have never noticed before. Even the young actor who played Fleance was overheard to say “I can understand the language”. I suspect this increase in the language penetration is because there are many closeups, that force you to pay attention to thhe speaker. In the theatre, you can choose whatnto look at. In the film, the director and editor decide what you see.

Second, the magic is less in the film. On the stage, the effects like the disappearing witches are truly magic. In  the film, it is just a quick cut and not nearly as magical.

But overall, it was still a great experience and one that can be repeated as soon as we buy a copy!


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Macbeth

  1. keithhpotter says:

    The Stratford filmed production have generally been very good, often adding something to the stage production.
    This one didn’t for me. The energy didn’t seem as high and the film process diminished the effects of the stage production while making me aware of details I didn’t want to focus on: people seem to be wearing a lot of makeup, particularly Lady M (Krystin Pellerin); and what happened to Macbeth (Ian Lake)’s teeth?
    This was a great stage production; the filmed version lacks the magic.

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