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Through viewing Orson Welles’s, Roman Polanski’s, and Michael Bogdanov’s film versions of Shakespeare's Macbeth, students will see how one director interprets the text of the play.
Students will answer questions to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the main events and characters in Macbeth as they relate to the director’s choices.
Sample student discussion question: How does Orson Welles set the mood for the film?
Sample answer to guide student discussion: The film opens with white rolling clouds against a dark background. There is scary music playing. Three witches are standing on a carved-out rock, stirring a boiling pot. They reach into the pot and pull out a clay figure that is screeching. This clay figure will appear at critical points in the film. The witches stay here until they meet Macbeth and Banquo. NOTE: All the actors will use a Scottish burr [A rough sounding of the letter r (OED)].
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Lesson Plans for Films are currently available for four of Shakespeare's most popular plays: Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. Each lesson plan also includes an introductory unit on Shakespeare on Film.
These lesson plans are designed to be used in conjunction with the watching of a film version of the play. Each lesson plans covers 3-4 popular versions of the play.
The author of these lesson plans, exclusive to eNotes, is Janet Costa, MA. Ms. Costa, while at the Shakespeare Institute, specialized in Shakespeare on film. Each lesson plan contains daily lessons, with discussion questions and answers, activities, and handouts.