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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
 (From WENN. 19 April 2008, 7:25 AM, PDT)

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Superb example of "big" acting filled to the max! See more (10 total) »


  (in credits order)

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 Othello (1946)See more »


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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Superb example of "big" acting filled to the max!, 16 January 2002
Author: David Atfield ( from Canberra, Australia

My acting teacher, the late great Hayes Gordon, used to say that no acting was too big, as long as it was filled. In other words, if the emotion was real, an actor could chew the scenery and still create empathy from the audience. I have never seen a better example of this than in this superb silent adaptation of Shakespeare's classic.

Emil Jannings and Werner Krauss, probably the two best German actors of their generation, give HUGE performances as Othello and Iago - but both are completely believable, and utterly compelling, because every emotion is felt, not indicated. As a result, this could be the best of all the film "Othellos".

Strikingly shot, on brilliantly realised sets, the director also makes sure that nothing distracts from the magnificent performances of the actors. Every performance in this film is brilliant - but Jannings and Krauss climb to the pinacle of silent film acting.

See this film, and see two of the greatest actors of all time convey the essence of Shakespeare without uttering a single word!

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