Feature Drama | 1950 | Sound | B/W
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Scenes from Macbeth for schools. Act II scene 2 and Act V scene 1
Macbeth's ambition. Lady Macbeths' ambition. A dark passage in Macbeth in Macbeth's castle. He comes down steps cautiously toward the camera. His wife, Lady Macbeth, appears behind him. Macbeth hides before he goes through an arch. Lady Macbeth follows him at a distance. She speaks a soliloquy. "The wine which hath made them drunk hath made me bold…" She approaches through the arch Macbeth went through. She looks through the arch with ghoulish glee. She raises her hands and holds them draw-line in front of her face. She is nervous that Macbeth has not hand the courage to murder Duncan. She would have killed Duncan but he looked like her father while he slept. Macbeth returns - he has killed Duncan.
Duncan's' son Donalbain is in the room beside Duncan's'. Macbeth's hands are covered with blood, Macbeth is worried he could not join in the prayers of Duncan's guards. Macbeth hath murdered sleep. Lady Macbeth calms Macbeth. She is not impressed with his remorse / regret for killing the king. She takes the dagger from him, and goes toward Duncan's' room. Knocking off camera.
Macbeth soliloquy. - Not even the seas could wash the blood off his hands. Lady Macbeth returns. Knocking. Knocking. A look of fear on Lady Macbeth face. Macbeth looks sad and remorseful. Knocking. Lady Macbeth leads Macbeth away. He cries wake Duncan with your Knocking! The knocking continues. End of scene. The destruction of all those who stand between Macbeth and his ambition starts to send Lady Macbeth mad.
Act 5 scene 1.
A corner of Macbeths' castle. A doctor and gentlewoman. The are discussing Lady Macbeth. She has been sleepwalking and sleep writing. The doctor wonders what this indicates about the condition of her spirit. Lady Macbeth sleepwalking. She carrying a lamp. She places the light on a stone slab. She rubs her hands as though trying to wash off a stain. This is observed by the doctor. The gentlewoman says she off often goes through the motions of washing her hands. Lady Macbeth starts speaking. "Out damned spot! Out I say!" She turns toward the gentlewoman and the doctor. She passes them without paying them any attention. The sound is indistinct. The gentlewoman - "Heaven knows what she has known." Lady Macbeth in a dark corner. She cannot of imagine how her hands can ever be cleaned. The gentlewoman and the doctor look on aghast. The doctor admits he cannot help Lady Macbeth. "The disease is beyond my practice!" She mentions Banquo's death. In the play Macbeth procures Banquos' murder. She mentions the knocking heard in Act 2 scene 2. She speaks to a spectral Macbeth. "What's done cannot be undone." She retreats the way she came carrying her light, Watched by the doctor and gentlewoman. The doctor nurses on Lady Macbeths' case, adjures the gentlewoman to take care of Lady Macbeth, and prays that God have mercy on us all. The gentlewoman goes after Lady Macbeth and the scene ends.
Sign: End of part 2.
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