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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Macbeth (1909, Mario Caserini)

Release LocationsItaly
DirectorMario Caserini
MediumBlack & white video, no sound
Length16 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsMacbeth (abridgment)


This early silent made by Cines of Rome and directed by the pioneering Mario Caserini (1874-1920) offers another example of the Italian operatic taste for lavish spectacle. Italian films ultimately influenced the kind of spectacle that D.W. Griffith brought to an apotheosis in his 1916 Intolerance. Caserini's wife, Maria, plays Lady Macbeth in this film

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

MacbethDante Capelli
Lady MacbethMaria Caserini Gasperini

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorMario Caserini

Company Overview

Producer Cines of Rome

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell