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Othello (1951)

The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (original title)
The general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with one of his officers Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter lieutenant named Iago.




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Complete credited cast:
Micheál MacLiammóir ...
Robert Coote ...
Hilton Edwards ...
Nicholas Bruce ...
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Desdemona, daughter of a Venetian aristocrat, elopes with Moorish military hero Othello, to the great resentment of Othello's envious underling Iago. Alas, Iago knows Othello's weakness, and with chilling malice works on him with but too good effect... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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12 September 1955 (USA)  »

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Micheál MacLiammóir and his partner Hilton Edwards founded Dublin's Gate Theatre in 1928. That same year Mac Liammoir served as the first artistic director and Edwards the first technical director of the Taibhdhearc Theatre, Ireland's national Irish-language theatre, in Galway City. Both theatres are still in operation, adding much to the cultural life of their country. Welles acted in the Gate's company early in his career. See more »


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Narrator: There was once in Venice a moor, Othello, who for his merits is the affairs of war was held in great esteem. It happened that he fell in love with a young and noble lady called Desdemona, who drawn by his virtue became equally enamoured of Othello...
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Great movie from Welles
29 November 2006 | by (Jordan) – See all my reviews

I've always been an admirer of Welles movies, starting with citizen Kane and the other masterpieces. Considering Othello, I highly admired this movie since the first shot, when the face of the dead Othello appears suddenly in the dark, and then the other details begin to appear, revealing the awesome funeral of both Othello and his murdered wife. In fact the best thing about this movie is the synchronization of the camera movement and angles with the state of mind and moods of characters especially that of Othello. Sometimes we are actually looking at the world through Othello's mind, the images are bizarre and grotesque, this is accompanies by wonderful acting of the cast. For any Welles fan this is a must see, considering the beauty of picture and creativity of interpretation. It's a pity that Welles didn't have a sufficient financial support to surpass some technical problems although the final effect and meaning of this masterpiece is not affected at all!

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