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Otello (1986)

Based on Shakesphere's play, Verdi's opera depicts the devastating effects of jealousy, "...the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds upon". Believing Otello has promoted the... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Otello
Katia Ricciarelli ...
Desdemona
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Petra Malakova ...
Emilia
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Cassio
Massimo Foschi ...
Lodovico
Edwin Francis ...
Montano
Sergio Nicolai ...
Roderigo
Remo Remotti ...
Brabantio
Antonio Pierfederici ...
Doge
Ezio Di Cesare ...
Cassio (voice)
John Macurdy ...
Lodovico (voice)
Constantin Zaharia ...
Roderigo (voice)
Edward Toumajian ...
Montano (voice)
Giannicola Pigliucci ...
Brabantio (voice)
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Based on Shakesphere's play, Verdi's opera depicts the devastating effects of jealousy, "...the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds upon". Believing Otello has promoted the fast-rising Cassio over himself, Iago plots to destroy both Cassio and Otello. Iago convinces the jealous Otello that his beautiful wife Desdemona is unfaithful, and that Cassio is her lover. Jealousy is followed by tragedy, then retribution, "Has Heaven no more thunderbolts?" Written by Mike Smith <mismith@brody.med.ecu.edu>

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Drama | Music

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Release Date:

12 September 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Othellos  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,076, 14 September 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$189,042
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Franco Zeffirelli later said that out of all the films he ever made, "Otello" is his favorite, and admitted that after he made the picture, he had "a bit of a crisis" because he felt that he could never be able to duplicate that achievement. See more »

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Bravo!
3 August 1998 | by See all my reviews

A real rarity -- an opera on film that still retains its power. In fact, this version is even more powerful that some stage productions. The subtitles are easy to read, the staging is atmospheric, and the cast is wonderful.


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