From the earliest days of radio to the golden age of television and beyond, “Bow your heads, children,” says the literary high priest in his classroom sanctuary. Far from being the household drudge today, Science dominates the domicile. The trees, white foliage, the ground matted with fallen leaves, Welles' shot choice and how each shot was edited together masterfully, created a beautifully crafted, easy on the eyes, and able to provide levity as well, is an almost perfect directorial lesson. BOGAEV: They're so cheesy.

And so Welles chose to do Macbeth.

Then he went to Hollywood and made Citizen Kane, which is still considered one of the greatest movies of all time. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. What we get is a compact version of Othello. ANDEREGG: Right, right. “We are approaching the great and the holy. He is the editor of.


BOGAEV: Right, we have a clip.

ORSON: Act one.

LADY MACBETH: Think of this, good peers, but as a thing of custom. BOGAEV: No, but he always, throughout his whole career, played with this tension between the aesthetic… taking the high road aesthetically and being very intellectual and being very involved at the highest level in Shakespeare's poetry and in the history of the works and in all the works that he did, but also being that Vegas magician. It was edited by Gail Kern Paster and Esther Ferington. ORSON: “For fear of that I still will stay with thee and never from this palace of dim night depart again.”.

Although that point can be exaggerated. For the Folger Shakespeare Library, I'm Folger Director Michael Witmore.

He was named after one of his great-grandfathers, influential Kenosha attorney And again, to go back to the I Love Lucy example, really that episode just encapsulates that problem. | Gross: It is a living, vibrant entity that has the power of grasping us by the hand and leading us up onto a peak in Darien. ANDEREGG: Well, because of the budget in part, he was employing more of the standing sets at Republic Studios, which is to say a lot of caves and boulders.

“But I can’t understand Shakespeare” says the high-school boy.

How now, who picked me pocket? Frame by frame is, just like Chimes at Midnight, a directorial lesson on framing and lighting.

MACBETH: I will not yield. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates.

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WITMORE: Michael Anderegg is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of North Dakota. Remind us what those were like, and how did they get those nicknames? (they are placed in the order from best to not best (because none of these films deserve the word 'worst', so I will not use it.

ANDEREGG: Exactly, you know, exactly. Be the first one to, Orson Welles on Shakespeare : the W.P.A.

there's a wonderful opening chapter about an I Love Lucy episode with Welles and a stunning conclusion about Welles as a star author (Anderegg contrast him with Bertolt Brecht). A world bows in worship before this god, and our educators, leaping to their feet in revival meeting and shouting “Amen Hallelujah!” hit the sawdust trail to conversion.

and Mercury Theatre Playscripts.

We had production help from Steve Griffith and Randy Johnson at Minnesota Public Radio, and Andrew Feliciano and Evan Marquardt at Voice Trax West in Studio City, California.