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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.

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Orson Welles

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Orson Welles
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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)
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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

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1980 (France) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Like the making of _Othello (1952)_ itself, this documentary consisted of Orson Welles interviewing and photographing 'Michael MacLiamoor' and Hilton Edwards and then filming his portions of the same interview two years later. See more »

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13 November 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Filming 'Othello' (1978)

*** (out of 4)

This Orson Welles film isn't really a documentary but instead a video essay where the director talks about his film OTHELLO, the play that it was based on and various other things related to Shakespeare.

If you're familiar with the film in question then you'll know that it went through a variety of money issues and it actually took years to finish it. Welles, with that great voice, is on hand here, often just looking at the camera, as he talks about the various production issues and why the Turkish bath sequence was added to the film. He also talks about the play itself, the greatest of its words and finally he discusses how he wished the film had turned out.

If you're a fan of Welles or OTHELLO then you'll enjoy this film as there are some interesting stories told and there's no question that getting to listen to a master like Welles is a lot of fun. The highlight of the film is certainly him talking about the various money issues and the Turkish bath house was certainly quite fascinating.


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