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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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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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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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 »

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Othello: I pray you, in your letters; when you shall these unlucky deeds relate, speak of them as they are. Nothing extenuate, nor set down aught in malice. Then must you speak of one that lov'd not wisely but too well.
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Version of Encounter: Othello (1953) See more »

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Music by Jack Trombey
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Excellent Performances
10 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is the best film of a Shakespeare play that I have ever seen. (Throne of Blood is a great movie, but it's an adaptation, not really Shakespeare's Macbeth.) What makes the difference for me are the outstanding performances by the entire cast, not just Olivier. Maggie Smith's Desdemona is truly touching as a woman overwhelmed by fate. A young Derek Jacobi hits all the right notes as Michael Cassio: smart, loyal, eager to please, but a little immature. I haven't seen any other roles played by either Frank Finlay or Joyce Redman, but in any case, they're excellent here. I much prefer Olivier's Othello to his film role as Hamlet. That's because too many of Hamlet's lines were cut from that version. More text gives more characterization to Othello, and gives Olivier the chance to really fill the role, which he does beautifully. My only real complaint is that on the videotape, the widescreen picture is cropped too much. Everybody who is a fan of Shakespeare or any of the above mentioned actors should see this movie!


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