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Release Date:
17 September 1922 (Finland) See more »
Based on Shakespeare's play: The treacherous Iago plans to ruin the life of Othello by provoking him to jealousy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Ewan McGregor's Stage Fears
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Directed by
Dimitri Buchowetzki 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dimitri Buchowetzki 
Carl Hagen 
William Shakespeare  play "Othello"

Original Music by
Jon Mirsalis (2001 alternate version) (as Jon C. Mirsalis)
Cinematography by
Karl Hasselmann 
Friedrich Paulmann 
Art Direction by
Fritz Kraenke 
Karl Machus 
Music Department
Jon Mirsalis .... performer: original music (2001 alternate version) (as Jon C. Mirsalis)
Other crew
Ben Blumenthal .... presenter

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79 min (2001 alternate version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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This film was first telecast 19 August 1948 on New York City's freshly launched WJZ (Channel 7), the first and only station at that time to offer an ongoing series of silent feature films in more or less complete form, shown intermittently for the next twelve months. The Eagle (1925) would be their next offering, Sunday 12 September 1948.See more »
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Version of "Conflict: Othello" (1967)See more »


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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
An Atmospheric and Very Interesting Adaptation, 6 March 2006
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This atmospheric and very interesting adaptation of Shakespeare's "Othello" adds a good dose of German silent film style to the classic story of jealousy and deceit. Although at times the emphasis is placed somewhat differently than in the original, the adaptation shows good judgment in highlighting the themes and sequences that would work the best on the silent screen.

The basic story holds closely to the plot of the play. Emil Jannings makes a fine Othello, since his emotional style fits the volatile character well. Werner Krauss is particularly memorable as Iago. Of the main characters, Iago is the one who comes across most differently from the role in the play - here he is jaunty rather than sullen, an evil genius who shows obvious relish in each step of his malicious plans. The character and Krauss's performance work quite well for a movie adaptation. Another interesting difference is that here Emilia's role is enlarged and given more importance, in comparison with the play.

The emphasis is, as it should be in Shakespeare, on the characters; but the photography, settings, and the rest of the production are all of good quality as well. It's quite a good version of the story for a movie made in the early 1920s.

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