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Othello (1956)

Otello (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 13 March 1956 (Soviet Union)
The Moorish general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter ensign named Iago.


Sergei Yutkevich
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Sergey Bondarchuk ... Othello
Irina Skobtseva ... Desdemona
Andrei Popov ... Iago
Vladimir Soshalsky ... Cassio
Evgeniy Vesnik ... Roderigo
Antonina Maksimova ... Emilia
Mikhail Troyanovskiy ... Doge of Venice
Evgeniy Teterin ... Brabantio (as Ye. Teterin)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leyla Ashrafova Leyla Ashrafova ... (as L. Ashrafova)
Boris Belyakov
A. Blokh A. Blokh
V. Borzho V. Borzho
Nikolai Brilling ... Lodovico
Kathleen Byron ... Desdemona (voice)
Ysanne Churchman ... Bianca (voice)
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Othello is a Moorish military hero married to young and beautiful Desdemona. Envious Iago is scheming against Othello. By planting a fake evidence, Iago provokes Othello's suspicion of Desdemona's infidelity. Enraged Othello loses control and kills Desdemona, then realizes his mistake and kills himself. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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And it is written of the Moor, Othello...that he "loved not wisely, but too well." See more »


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The first filmed "Othello" in color. See more »


Version of Otello (1909) See more »

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Farewell the tranquil mind
22 February 2020 | by brogmillerSee all my reviews

Sergei Bondarchuk is the third actor to play Othello on film following Emil Jannings in 1922 and Orson Welles in 1952. Husband and wife team Bondarchuk and Irina Skobotseva are splendid. He is nobility of character incarnate and she is by far the most 'taking' Desdemona I have seen. I cannot agree with the previous reviewer who opines that their relationship is 'under-developed'. Their tenderness for each other is manifest. What is lacking however is Othello's pride and vanity which allows him to be so easily convinced of her alleged infidelity. Experience teaches us that the actor playing Iago can very often steal the show but here director Sergei Yutkevich does not allow the excellent Andrei Popov to throw things off balance. Good work also from Vladimir Soshalsky as Cassio and Antonina Maksimova as Emilia. It is beautifully shot by Yevgeny Andrikanis with a fabulous score by Aram Khachaturian. Yutkevich has taken the play out of the proscenium arch and has utilised the glorious coastal scenery of the Crimea to the full. I would not hesitate to recommend this film to students of the Bard and indeed anyone to whom this wondrous play is unfamiliar.

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Color (Sovcolor)

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1.37 : 1
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