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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Lang ...
David Hargreaves ...
Senate Officer
Senate Officer / Senators-Soldiers-Cypriots
Michael Turner ...
Kenneth MacKintosh ...
Lodovico (as Kenneth Mackintosh)
Harry Lomax ...
Terence Knapp ...
Duke's Officer / Senators-Soldiers-Cypriots
Keith Marsh ...
Tom Kempinski ...
Nick Edmett ...
Messenger / Senators-Soldiers-Cypriots (as Nicholas Edmett)


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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This is the only Shakespeare film in which all four leading actors (Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Frank Finlay and Joyce Redman) were nominated for Oscars. See more »


Iago: I have it; it is engend'red! Hell and night Must bring this monstrous birth to the world's light!
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Version of BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: Othello (1950) See more »


Music by Jack Trombey
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stagy but very successful
15 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The National Theatre production of 'Othello' was legendary - one of Laurence Olivier's iconic roles from the era when white actors still blacked up to play the lead part.

But is it really any good on the screen? It is essentially filmed theatre with an overpowering performance from Olivier, which is perhaps too large for viewing away from the stage - but it does benefit from three key parts of excellence in support (Frank Finlay as Iago, in Shakespeare's longest role as far as numbers of lines is concerned; Maggie Smith as a delicate Desdemona; and a very young Derek Jacobi as Cassio, resplendent in fine clothes and groomed hair).

Trimmed slightly from the full play, it nevertheless keeps the main characters and the sense of the story, and plays at nearly two and a half hours. Tight direction, good diction, and - as far as filmed theatre can be - adequate sets give this Othello an edge which means it is still relevant today.

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