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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:
Ludwig Rex
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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 »

Connections

Version of The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice (1981) See more »

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Art Thou Drunk?
17 April 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

"German expressionism" is not so much in the film as it is as on the faces of Emil Jannings (Othello) and Werner Krauss (Iago), in this silent version of "Othello". The production is nicely staged, with everyone finding their marks. Its costumes and sets are very well designed. The adaptation is faithful enough to Shakespeare's envious storyline. But, watching two overly grand old actors is the film's main calling card, presently. Mugging uproariously in a fat-clinging black outfit, Mr. Krauss renders darkly-skinned Mr. Jannings positively subtle, in comparison. The most sensual scene has Krauss delivering Jannings' handkerchief while arranging the pillows for his head.

***** Othello (2/22) Dimitri Buchowetzki ~ Emil Jannings, Werner Krauss, Ica von Lenkeffy


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