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Filming 'Othello' (1978)

Essay film shot for TV including Orson Welles reflections on Othello close to the Moviola, a chat with Hilton Edwards and Micheál MacLiammóir and fragments of a conversation with the audience in Boston after a screening of the film.

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"Il vero cineasta è colui che sa dominare le catastrofi !". Partendo da questa affermazione, Orson Welles spiega le ragioni, i tempi ed i modi della realizzazione di uno dei suoi capolavori, l'OTHELLO, appunto. Ora parlando con due degli interpreti, ora spiegando l'importanza del montaggio cinematografico ad un gruppo di studenti di Boston, ora parlando da solo davanti ad una moviola. Più che un semplice documentario (prodotto dalla televisione tedesca), è un film sul mettere a nudo il proprio "mestiere di regista" da parte dell'inventore del cinema moderno. Written by rosebud6

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Welles reportedly shot a few scenes of him traveling in Venice explaining his Othello. This footage has been lost. See more »

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In Welles' last completed film (I think), he talks us through his 1952 version of Othello, giving new insights and somehow making it work.

It's odd now to think of this film and know that I really did enjoy it. I had the pleasure a few years back at the Seattle Art Museum. For the most part, the film is Welles and two old friends/actors from the original film sitting around a table and talking about filming Othello and past life experiences. And somehow it worked. Which proves Welles' genius, even in these conditions he could make a great film. It looks as though it was filmed in his living room, which is a sad reminder of the treatment he got in the last 20 (40?) years of his life. Although, like most Welles fanatics, I am eagerly awaiting the chance to see "The Other Side of the Wind", this is really a film worthy of his talents and, on many levels, an appropriate last film.


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