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Othello (1965)

Unrated | | Drama | January 1967 (Austria)
A general's marriage is destroyed when a vengeful lieutenant convinces him that his new wife has been unfaithful.

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Desdemona defies her father to marry the Moor of Venice, the mighty warrior, Othello. But Othello's old lieutenant, Iago, doesn't like Othello, and is determined to bring about the downfall of Othello's new favorite, Cassio, and destroy Othello in the process, by casting aspersions on Othello's new bride. Written by Kathy Li

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Along with As You Like It (1936), this is one of only two Shakespearean theatrical films starring Laurence Olivier (Othello) which he did not direct himself. See more »

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Brabantio: Look to her, Moor; have a quick eye to see. She has deceiv'd her father; may do thee!
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Version of Othello (1989) See more »

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One of the finest Shakespeare films ever made
29 October 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am very fond of Shakespeare's work so I was all for seeing Olivier's Othello having loved his Hamlet so much. There is some stiff competition, namely the brilliant Orson Welles film, but this doesn't overshadow or is in the shadow of this stiff competition, if anything it is on par with them. In short I honestly believe it is one of the finest Shakespeare adaptations and films. It is very well made, with exemplary photography and settings without ever feeling too stage bound. The music is haunting and evocative, the writing is outstanding(not only in terms of written quality but also how it is delivered and how well adapted it is), the characterisations have complexity especially Othello and the story still is compelling and moving. You couldn't have had a more perfect cast either, I think Laurence Olivier's Othello has more depth than his Hamlet, and to this day I still consider it one of his best performances on films, he is extraordinary. Maggie Smith is poignant, delicate and determined as Desdemona, and a young Derek Jacobi is excellent as Cassio. Frank Finlay's Iago is clever, conniving and altogether brilliant, for me the best of the supporting turns. In conclusion, fantastic really. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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