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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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  (in credits order)

Emil Jannings ... Othello

Werner Krauss ... Iago
Ica von Lenkeffy ... Desdemona
Theodor Loos ... Cassio
Ferdinand von Alten ... Rodrigo
Friedrich Kühne ... Brabantio
Magnus Stifter ... Montano

Lya De Putti ... Emilia
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ludwig Rex

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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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Fine Performances, 31 October 2005
Author: Cineanalyst

I like this adaptation of Shakespeare's play, mostly for the performances by two of Weimer Germany's greatest screen actors, Emil Jannings as Othello and Werner Krauss as Iago. There are many alterations to the original text in addition to the expected truncation. Director Dimitri Buchowetzki achieves a good pacing out of it. Lotte Eisner (author of "The Haunted Screen") says the language is naïve, but I don't consider that very important in a silent film. There are plenty of better ways to get that if one wants. For a silent film especially, visually adapting the play is essential.

Visually, the film has survived well over the years. The photography is crisp. The sets look nice, as well. They're studio built, which is a convenience in controlling lighting, but they're not exceptional, nor used very effectively. One of the better-filmed moments is when the sets are blacked out during the dramatic dénouement. Jannings and Krauss, who both came from the stage, compensate for many of the shortcomings, though. In moor makeup, Jannings again demonstrates his versatility, and he gives a strong performance. But, I think Krauss steals the show; he is thoroughly dastardly, with tights and occasional dance-like movements, and his character directs the plot throughout. This film was worthwhile for me because of those two performances.

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