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Othello (1922)

Based on Shakespeare's play: The treacherous Iago plans to ruin the life of Othello by provoking him to jealousy.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Emil Jannings ... Othello
Werner Krauss ... Iago
Ica von Lenkeffy Ica von Lenkeffy ... Desdemona
Theodor Loos ... Cassio
Ferdinand von Alten Ferdinand von Alten ... Rodrigo
Friedrich Kühne Friedrich Kühne ... Brabantio
Magnus Stifter Magnus Stifter ... Montano
Lya De Putti ... Emilia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Storyline

Based on Shakespeare's play: As Venice welcomes their victorious general, Othello the Moor, back to the city, some of them are waiting for Othello to choose his new lieutenant, while others are busy courting the popular Desdemona, the daughter of a Senator. Othello chooses the loyal Cassio as his lieutenant, arousing bitter jealousy in Iago, another soldier, who vows to scheme against his general. That same night, Othello elopes with Desdemona. Othello is soon sent to Cyprus to repel a Turkish invasion, and he arranges for Iago and his wife to bring Desdemona with them to Cyprus. When Iago's wife learns of a treasured handkerchief that Othello gave to Desdemona, this provides Iago with an idea that he hopes will destroy Othello by provoking him to jealousy. Written by Snow Leopard

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

17 September 1922 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Otello See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2001 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast 19 August 1948 on New York City's freshly launched WJZ (Channel 7), the first and only station at that time to offer an ongoing series of silent feature films in more or less complete form, shown intermittently for the next twelve months. The Eagle (1925) would be their next offering, Sunday 12 September 1948. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 2001, Kino International Corp. copyrighted a 79-minute version of this film, with a new piano music score composed and performed by Jon Mirsalis. All written material is in English; Emil Jannings and director Dimitri Buchowetzki are the only original cast and crew listed. See more »

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Great Version
29 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Othello (1922)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

German version of the classic Shakespeare play has Iago (Werner Krauss) making Othello (Emil Jannings) jealous of his wife so that revenge can be played out. Director Dimitri Buchowetzki does a very good job at the film's pacing and keeps the film moving very well. The 80-minute running time comes and goes very quickly, which is always a benefit when we're talking Shakespeare. The sets look very good as well but the big highlight are the performances by Krauss and Jannings. Both men do superb work here, especially Jannings who gives one of the best performances of Othello that I've seen.


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