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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! We all know Orson Welles was a larger than life personality and had an amazing eye for talent, composition and visual storytelling with a strong focus on the performances. So, when I saw this picture I thought it was the perfect portrait of the great man. It was snapped during the filming of his legendary adaptation of William Shakespeare’s MacBeth. I hope you guys are as struck by this particular image as I was. Enjoy!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Can tomorrow’s pic read my mind? -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)
- 1941
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)
- The Lady Eve
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- Godzilla
- The Empire Strikes Back (Bald Vader)
- Mary Poppins
- Alien 3
- Total Recall
- The Pink Panther
- Fawlty Towers
- The Trouble With Harry
- Beetlejuice
- The Shining
- Thriller
- An American Werewolf In London
- The Gate
- The Fly (1958)
- Halloween
- Army of Darkness
- Frankenstein
- Seed of Chucky
- Psycho
- John Carpenter’s The Thing (Bottin)
- Creature From the Black Lagoon
- Friday the 13th (1980)
- A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
- Creepshow
- Night of the Living Dead (’68)
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- Silence of the Lambs- The Exorcist
- Alien (crouching alien)
- Alfred Hitchcock being awesome
- Son of Frankenstein
- The Mummy (1932)
- Re-Animator
- Nosferatu (1979)
- Nosferatu (1922)
- War of the Worlds
- Vincent (Tim Burton)
- Evil Dead II
- The Evil Dead
- The Shining (Kubrick Self Portrait)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
- Casablanca
- Sahara (1943)
- Pumpkinhead
- Back to the Future
- Inception

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  • Nov. 7, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    The Scottish Play

    by Cosmo Nautilus

    Or Scotch Egg or something.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    or The Scottish Movie

    by ArcherNX01

    either are acceptable answers.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Never make it to the end of this

    by John_McClanes_Vest

    movie. Duno why

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Most Apt Shakespeare Quote

    by Autodidact

    Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. <p>That shit's for real.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Great shot. Says it all.

    by CodeName

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    cool pic

    by KilliK

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Superman tomorrow?

    by LordPorkington

    'Can you read my mind?' Has to be.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 2 p.m. CST

    Something wicked that way went.

    by pushthebuttonmax

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Fantastic picture!

    by Ozimov

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    That shot is positively Wellesian.

    by Daytripper69

    Even the font used for "DIRECTOR" cries out Welles. <p/> <p/> Great find.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST


    by JMG84

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST


    by MikeTheSpike

    *Everyone* got that reference. Calm down.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST


    by Anything But Tangerines

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Cool pic brah

    by _Venkman


  • Nov. 7, 2010, 3:11 p.m. CST

    This movie is soooooo good

    by Smack_Teddy

    a Finnish fella i used to know got hold off & showed me it a while back; a guy who got & tsught me lots about world cinema & how to get hold of it for cheap, taught me more than anyone else before or after studying about getting into different writers & directors & accepting only proper high grade quality rips & copys presented in the correct aspect ratio/format, not shitty lazy rips from pat-butcher merchants, so you could see/judge their work properly but didn't empty your entire student loan on less than 1% of the entire known archived history of film on one disc format that might hold up over time...snd weed (sniff)...<p>...same guy who also all off nearly 7yrs back when i hung out with him for the very 1st time uttered the immortal words in conversation, "You know i think Bond movies started going wrong when they stopped him slapping the bitches man!", of which i have heard none truer spoken since about 'Inception' (other than from Nolan himself perhaps)... then went into explaining how much he loved Steven Segal & his ouvre (not liking him is worse than not doing military service for your country and/or being gay apparantly, his words not mine), Kubrick, Scorcese, Godard, Kaurissmaki, Carpenter & in particular 'Ghosts of Mars', but 'Fidler on the Roof' & 'Once Upon a Time in China' may be two of his his favourite film of all time...sorry... <p>...anyway yeah, i reckon on a purely audio-visual level, Macbeth is easily equal in its own right to Ctizen Kane etc. i have no idea and am too lazy to google and see what actual critics make of it but the imagery is so eerily evocative & just dripping with atmosphere in every shot & sound, even if maybe its narrative form isnt as technically impressive as the rest of Welles...but i think 'Macbeth' & 'The Prodigal Son' may as well be two of my favourite films of all time.<p> Great photo too.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST


    by LordPorkington

    Wow, you're easily startled eh? I was merely making an observation and at no point suggested that it was hard to guess. I thought it was tradition for someone to say what the next BSPD would be. I apologise for disturbing you in such a manner.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Where's the Hocus Pocus behind the scene pic?

    by wackybantha

    Amock, amock, amock!!!!!!!

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Or...Drop Dead Fred?

    by Cheif Brody

    At least throw me a Gremlins!!

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Fantastic adaptation

    by MustGoFaster

    Welles was a true genius (duh stating the obvious I know). My favorite visual moment is when we see the clay statue gets beheaded signifying that Macbeth has been killed. How many Hollywood directors of today would think of doing that?

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Wait...if yer gonna run a Phobe Cates BtSP...

    by Cheif Brody

    Make sure it's from THIS scene! <p> <p> That shot is positively Wellesian!

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST

    I found it pretty boring...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...of course, I was forced to watch it in class, in high school. So I probably went out of my way to find it boring as a form of rebellion.<p> That'll teach 'em for trying to edumacate me!!!

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST


    by pushthebuttonmax

    Hocus Pocus was seriously the first movie that popped in my mind when I read the title, I felt like such an idiot!

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    the right to bear arms

    by KingusKong

    Did he has some weird mutation? His left arm looks all furry like. Is he part man, part bear-pig?

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    he had very hair arms

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    probabaly shouldn't be wearing a sleeveless vest

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Phoebe Cates is/was a whole lot o' yum

    by tiggr009

    Two paws up.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    AH-HA! The French champaign....

    by Nem_Wan

    If only he could have secured a career perch as secure as Hitchcock, or Kubrick, or Spielberg. Maybe he was born too soon.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST

    champagne even

    by Nem_Wan

    fermented in the bottle... and what a voice.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Orson Welles

    by Crow3711

    Really was quite a man. Fascinating. Wish he was still around.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST


    by Baryonyx

    I really like his version of Macbeth

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    What's all this hullabaloo and shouting blue murder?

    by Darkman

    It's like that play we saw the other night.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Apology accepted.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST

    wheres gozer?

    by alice133

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Its not like he directed "Citizen Kane".......

    by Dark Doom

    Out brain out!!!!

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 8:04 p.m. CST

    And like all French champains.. it's vhiintage dated

    by UltraTron

    Leave my food alone!

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    He would sell no wine before it's time, a fucking genius!!!

    by Dark Doom

    A towering presence of talent!! They don't make guys like this anymore.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    'ghosts of mars'?

    by frank cotton

    all credibility lost

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Strongly prefer the Polanski version

    by prunkhaft

    But that's not to say the 48 Welles version didn't have that strong whiff of genius. Nice pic.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 12:04 a.m. CST

    I strut and fret

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    many hours...never on a stage...but my antics signify my desire to fuck hot chicks...Macbeth was an idiot...a poor player if you will

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 4:52 a.m. CST


    by mrsheldrake


  • Nov. 8, 2010, 7:26 a.m. CST

    I've always kinda felt bad for Orson

    by lock67ca

    Talk about a guy getting royally fucked over by Hollywood! And yet, he still gave us some of the greatest movies ever made.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST

    by Arkhangelsk

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    thanks for the laugh, Smack_Teddy

    by Arkhangelsk

    Hope you brought enough for the whole class. I was forced to watch Citizen Kane when I was 18 and I hated it because my professor was a real douchebag. Then when I was 23, I gave it another shot, and since I had, you know, lived, since then, I kinda understood got Welles was trying to say. Then I watched it again on my 24th birthday and got it a little more. Since then CK's become my birthday tradition, and every year I get something new out of it. I haven't seen Macbeth yet. Welles, like Kurosawa and Fellini, is a filmmaker whose films I hold off on watching right now so I'll be able to discover them later in my life. Call me an optimist. But seeing as I'm now an English Lit. major, I think I might have to watch this one now. Thanks for reminding me.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST

    my firs double post

    by Arkhangelsk

    Been coming and posting here for near 10 years now and this is my first double/ empty post. I feel special now.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    "Me & Orsen Wells" made me not like him so much

    by MST3KPIMP

    Cannot be sure how accurate it was but it does portray Orsen as a tyranical sociopath.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Linklater's Welles

    by Arkhangelsk

    Haven't seen that one yet either, which sould be a must for me as it unites Orson Welles, Richard Linklater and Claire Danes, three reasons why I'd give any movie more than a fighting chance. And I would actualy asume that OW had more than a bit of the asshole inside him, as most driven artists usually have.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Cheers Arkhangelsk

    by Smack_Teddy

    I feel the same way with Passolini, later Godard films & still lots of Kieslowki to get through, as much as they've made a very strong impact personally up to my current age/experience... even some Herzog too as much as thats unlikely to last because i seem to get desperate, give in & discover another one very easily...also for 10 whole years i held off finishing Season 2 of Twin Peaks because i loved it so much i couldn't bear for it to end; not just because of bloody DVD distibuters getting their s@#t together...but Kurosawa & Fellini i went & hogged the trough there already, bar a few. Hopefully watching them later in life will redefine them accordingly or at least be like discovering them all over again <p> And Frank Cotton:<p> "You don't get it man! YOU DON'T GET JOHN CARPENTER! YOU DON'T GET WHAT HE DOES! YOU DON'T GET JOHN FORD. YOU DON'T KNOW HIS WESTERNS! YOU DON'T GET HOW HE'S PARODYING/PAYING HOMMAGE/DECONSTRUCTING THEM! YOU DON'T RESPECT JOHN FORD! YOU DON'T GET JOHN CARPENTER!...Shall we have a smoke man?..."<p> Thats what he would say. I have to say after checking out some academia on John Ford, the guy has kind of got a point. Key set of words there.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Macbeth contains my favourite line from Shakespeare

    by jim

    Act 4, Scene 2, Macduff's Castle<p>First Murderer: "What, you egg!"