Before Citizen Kane and The War of the Worlds, leading Broadway actress Rose McClendon and producer John Houseman convince a gifted but untested 20-year-old Orson Welles to direct Shakespeare’s Macbeth with an all-Black cast in Harlem. Reimagined in a Haitian setting, this revolutionary 1936 production, which came to be known as “Voodoo Macbeth,” would change the world forever, but the road to opening night proves to be a difficult one. Orson and Rose – who is to play Lady Macbeth – clash over everything from scene blocking to crew hires, while Houseman contends with a congressman hell-bent on shutting down what he deems “communist propaganda.” Welles and McClendon must overcome political pressure, personal demons, and protests to realize their groundbreaking vision.
“A powerful story that needed to be told. The luminous Inger Tudor leads a talented cast in one of the most memorable films of the year.” — WBAI Radio
“[A]n impressively cohesive motion picture…In an industry where conventional wisdom states too many cooks spoil the soup, Voodoo Macbeth is a rather hearty stew…Bridges can absolutely carry a film and is convincing as a talented blowhard with a lot of growing up to do…The cast is rife with standout performances. Inger Tudor is a captivating actor playing a captivating actor, injecting the film with much needed gravitas and dignity.”– The Wrap
“Bridges’ star performance — and let’s face it, this may be an ensemble cast, but he is every inch the star here — is a well-nigh fearless piece of work”– Variety
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