7.5/10
342
6 user 4 critic

Filming 'Othello' (1978)

Essay film shot for TV including Orson Welles reflections on Othello close to the Moviola, a chat with Hilton Edwards and Micheál MacLiammóir and fragments of a conversation with the audience in Boston after a screening of the film.

Director:

Orson Welles

Writer:

Orson Welles
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After a screening of 'The Trial' at the University of Southern California, Welles discussed with the public and tried to answer their questions.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Joseph McBride, Todd McCarthy, Myron Meisel
Othello (1951)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

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.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Micheál MacLiammóir, Robert Coote
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Narcisus and Psyche is based on a novel by Sandor Weores which was adapted by Vilmos Csaplar and director Gabor Body for a feature-length, 140-minute film. Borrowing the character of Psyche... See full summary »

Director: Gábor Bódy
Stars: Patricia Adriani, Udo Kier, György Cserhalmi
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In 1976 Orson Welles shot and edited a self-contained 9-minute short film as a "trailer", almost entirely composed of original material not found in the main film itself.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Elmyr de Hory, Gary Graver, Clifford Irving
Flowing (1956)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Otsuta is running the geisha house Tsuta in Tokyo. Her business is heavily in debt. Her daughter Katsuyo doesn't see any future in her mothers trade in the late days of Geisha. But Otsuta ... See full summary »

Director: Mikio Naruse
Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Isuzu Yamada, Hideko Takamine
The Immortal Story (TV Movie 1968)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the Portuguese town of Macao, a wealthy trader named Charles Clay hires two people to recreate a story of a sailor who is paid to impregnate a man's wife.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Roger Coggio
F for Fake (1973)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A documentary about fraud and fakery.

Directors: Orson Welles, Gary Graver, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An American adventurer investigates the past of the mysterious tycoon Gregory Arkadin, placing himself in grave danger.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Peter van Eyck, Michael Redgrave
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An ingratiating bride develops warm ties to her father-in-law while her cold husband blithely slights her for another woman.

Director: Mikio Naruse
Stars: Setsuko Hara, Sô Yamamura, Ken Uehara
Don Quixote (1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The story of a Spanish gentlemen gone mad and his dim-witted squire sancho panza, who set forth on a journey to right wrongs and accomplish good deeds in the name of chivalry.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Francisco Reiguera, Akim Tamiroff, Pepe Mediavilla
It's All True (1993)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A documentary about Orson Welles's unfinished three-part film about South America.

Directors: Bill Krohn, Myron Meisel, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Manuel 'Jacare' Olimpio Meira, Jeronimo André De Souza, Raimundo 'Tata' Correia Lima
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Hollywood director emerges from semi-exile with plans to complete work on an innovative motion picture.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: John Huston, Oja Kodar, Peter Bogdanovich
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Orson Welles ... Host / Othello
Micheál MacLiammóir ... Himself / Iago
Hilton Edwards ... Himself / Brabantio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Cholodenko Alan Cholodenko
Suzanne Cloutier ... Desdemona (archive footage)
Robert Coote ... Roderigo (archive footage)
Edit

Storyline

Filming Othello begins with Welles standing behind a moviola. He directly addresses the camera and announces: "This is to be a conversation, certainly not anything so formal as a lecture, and what we're going to talk about is Othello, Shakespeare's play and the film I made of it." Welles initially conducts a monologue where he recalls the events that lead up to the creation of Othello and some of the problems that plagued the production. As the film progresses, he switches to a conversation in a restaurant between himself and two of the film's co-stars, Micheal MacLiammoir (who played Iago) and Hilton Edwards (who played Brabantio). The three men talk at length about the making of Othello. Welles then resumes his monologue from his position behind the moviola. He then runs footage on the moviola of a question and answer session he conducted during a 1977 screening of Othello in Boston. Welles concludes the film in his position as a monologuist, proclaiming: "There are too many regrets... Written by X

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1980 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Filming Othello See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Welles reportedly shot a few scenes of him traveling in Venice explaining his Othello. This footage has been lost. See more »

Connections

Features Othello (1951) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A wonderful, gentle coda to a boistrous film career.
19 February 2004 | by Ben_CheshireSee all my reviews

A wonderful, private oration with Orson Welles for once talking about his vast visual artistry and visual imagery. Welles always shied away from discussing such things, that his fans would have much loved to hear. During his conversations with Peter Bogdanovich which became "This is Orson Welles," he speaks as if his visual style never had any thematic significance. It is wonderful to hear him finally talk about style and vindicate one for taking such joy in his visual motifs.

In the second half of the movie, Welles discusses the elements of the film which were dictated by practicality and necessity. Welles had to procure the funds for his Othello entirely himself, either from being paid to appear in other mens' movies, or from the odd backer who would contribute not nearly enough money. This meant production had to keep stopping and relocating across the world. Orson Welles was the first person in the history of cinema to make a movie not attached to a certain studio or even country! When it came to the Cannes film festival, Welles was stuck with what country to say the movie was of! He chose Morrocco for convenience, ironically where the character Othello was originally from. This makes Orson Welles' Othello the very first independent film, and Welles went on to become the founder of the independent film movement.

Also included is a reunion luncheon party with Hilton Edwards (Desdemona's father) and Michael Macliammoir (Iago). Following, Welles further discusses the play of Othello, performs a couple of key speeches from the play. The final segment is from a question time after a screening of Othello to film students.

As always, hearing Orson talk is marvellous to listen to. A wonderful, gentle coda to a boistrous film career.


16 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows to Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse all our free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed