Desdemona (Dame Maggie Smith) defies her father to marry the Moor of Venice, the mighty warrior, Othello (Sir Laurence Olivier). But Othello's old Ensign, Iago (Frank Finlay), doesn't like Othello, and is determined to bring about the downfall of Othello's new favorite, Cassio (Sir Derek Jacobi), and destroy Othello in the process, by casting aspersions on Othello's new bride.
An actual performance of the National Theatre of Great Britain
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Did You Know?
At 1 hour, 30 minutes and 43 seconds, Frank Finlay
's performance is the longest ever Oscar nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. It is not the longest performance in the film, however, since Laurence Olivier
's is three minutes longer. See more
Desdemona's chest is still going up and down (like she's breathing) after she dies. See more
[to the Senate
Most, potent, grave and reverend Seigniors; My very noble and approved good masters, That I have ta'en away this old man's daughter, It is most true; true I have married her. The very head and front of my offending Hath this extent, no more.
The film's U.S. DVD release restores the Warner Bros. logo backed by a red curtain and fanfare music to the opening credits, and the "Intermission" title card about ninety minutes into the film. These have not been seen since the film's original U.S. release; they were not featured on the videocassette edition. The long-deleted "intermission break" occurs immediately after Othello says to Iago, "Now art thou my lieutenant" and Iago answers "I am your own forever". See more
Music by Jack Trombey
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