Macbeth (1987 film)

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Macbeth
Directed by Claude d'Anna
Produced by Henry Lange
Written by Claude d'Anna
Francesco Maria Piave
William Shakespeare
Starring Leo Nucci
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Cinematography Pierre Dupouey
Release date
  • 18 May 1987 (1987-05-18)
Running time
133 minutes
Country France
Language Italian

Macbeth is a 1987 French film of Verdi's opera Macbeth (libretto by Francesco Maria Piave based on Shakespeare's play) Directed by Claude d'Anna, it was screened out of competition at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. [1]

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References

  1. "Festival de Cannes: Macbeth". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 25 July 2009.