Friday, October 17, 2008

A Christmas Macbeth

Macbeth. Prod. American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. 1905. American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1905.

Christmas traditions in 1905, particularly in Scotland, were different than they are today. One thing they loved to do was to dress up as characters from Macbeth and duel, often recording the experience in the newly-developed silent film technology. Observe:

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