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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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Michael Turner ...
Kenneth MacKintosh ...
Lodovico (as Kenneth Mackintosh)
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Nick Edmett ...
Messenger / Senators-Soldiers-Cypriots (as Nicholas Edmett)
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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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Because this was a nearly exact filming of a stage production which featured little music, the roadshow release of this film does not make use of an overture, intermission music, or exit music - standard features of the widescreen roadshow releases which were common from the mid-1950's to the early 1970's. See more »

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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 Otello (2001) See more »

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Music by Jack Trombey
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Good Shakespeare movie
13 August 2001 | by (Swindon. England) – See all my reviews

As this is a filmed stage production, some concessions must be made for the extravagant, loud, performances of some of the cast, although this over-acting does tend to get in the way. Laurence Olivier, as Othello, the moor of Venice, is extraordinary, and some moments in his performance are superb, but his constant habit of shouting at the top of his voice and throwing himself around the stage grates. His voice, made deeper by vocal training, will surprise those who are used to seeing Olivier in other films, where he does not play an Arab. Some of his better moments are his first appearance, his entrance into the brawl in which Cassio (an excellent Derek Jacobi) is banished, and, especaily, the moving final scene. Maggie Smith is an exemplary Desdemona, beleivably confused and upset. Joyce Redman is good, but also suffers Olivier's fate of overacting. Frank Finlay is an absolutely brilliant Iago, willingly talking to us, the audience, in his soliluquies, as though we were one of the characters, and taking malicious delight in his evil machinations. Overall, this is an impressive, though over-rated film. CAST RATING (out of 10) Laurence Oliver (6) Maggie Smith (9) Joyce Redman (6) Frank Finlay (10) Derek Jacobi (8)


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