Macbeth: The Witches

Date: 2013 (filmed in 2011)
Posted by: Amy L.
Cast: Not given
Credits: Not given
Duration: 4.15

This is rather fine. Three young American women perform the three witches’ main scene from Macbeth in some backwoods area by a lake. The setting, with its stark remainders of sacrifice (a skull, a stretched bearskin, the cauldron) and particularly a startling opening sequence of speeded-up travel through the wooded waters, suggest the strong influence of modern horror films. That it all takes place in bright daylight only accentuates this, and contrasts interestingly with the gloom though usual for settings of Macbeth. The appearance of the witches themselves take us back to amateur reality, but the more than enough care is taken over variety of shots to keep up the interest (including an ambitious overhead shot and overlaid images as the tension builds up). It is unclear, though, whether the shifts in light are an artistic choice or simply a reflection of the fact that it took all day to film the sequence. Whatever the background, the result is disorienting and quite effective.

Modest, but memorable.

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