Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Dagger Speech in Makibefo

Makibefo. Dir. Alexander Abela. Perf. Martin Zia, Neoliny Dety, and Gilbert Laumord. 1999. DVD. Philipp Hinz | Scoville Film, 2008.

Makibefo is a derivative version of Macbeth filmed in Madagascar with actors from the area (for my initial post on the film, q.v.).

I'm preparing to teach Macbeth in my Shakespeare and Film class, and I'm also addressing various derivative versions of the play (films, novels, and poems) in my Modern Shakespearean Fiction class, and I returned to Makibefo to illustrate the possibilities of global Shakespeares.

I wanted to know how the film portrayed the dagger speech. The answer? In amazing, intriguing, thought-provoking ways. Writing any more would provide spoilers; watch the following clip.

Links: The Film at IMDB.

Click to purchase the film (or to have your library purchase the film)

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