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Otello (1986)

Based on Shakespeare's play, Verdi's opera depicts the devastating effects of jealousy, "...the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds upon". Believing Otello has promoted the... See full summary »

Director:

Franco Zeffirelli

Writers:

Arrigo Boito (libretto), Franco Zeffirelli (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Plácido Domingo ... Otello
Katia Ricciarelli Katia Ricciarelli ... Desdemona
Justino Díaz ... Iago
Petra Malakova Petra Malakova ... Emilia
Urbano Barberini ... Cassio
Massimo Foschi ... Lodovico
Edwin Francis Edwin Francis ... Montano
Sergio Nicolai Sergio Nicolai ... Roderigo
Remo Remotti Remo Remotti ... Brabantio
Antonio Pierfederici Antonio Pierfederici ... Doge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Enzo Marino Bellanich Enzo Marino Bellanich
Gabriella Borni Gabriella Borni ... Dancer Soloist
Peter Lapres Peter Lapres ... Cassio's Aide
Alessandro Spadorcia Alessandro Spadorcia
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Storyline

Based on Shakespeare's play, Verdi's opera depicts the devastating effects of jealousy, "...the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds upon". Believing Otello has promoted the fast-rising Cassio over himself, Iago plots to destroy both Cassio and Otello. Iago convinces the jealous Otello that his beautiful wife Desdemona is unfaithful, and that Cassio is her lover. Jealousy is followed by tragedy, then retribution, "Has Heaven no more thunderbolts?" Written by Mike Smith <mismith@brody.med.ecu.edu>

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Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Netherlands | Italy | USA

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

12 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Otelo See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,076, 14 September 1986

Gross USA:

$189,042
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Franco Zeffirelli later said that out of all the films he ever made, "Otello" is his favorite, and admitted that after he made the picture, he had "a bit of a crisis" because he felt that he could never be able to duplicate that achievement. See more »

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Genius.Pure genius.
7 October 2000 | by rps-2See all my reviews

So seldom does everything come to-gether so perfectly. Verdi's masterpiece. Zeferelli's genius. Domingo's voice and those of a superb cast. I had just seen an excellent stage production of Otello last week and pulled out this tape to watch with a friend and again savour this wonderful opera. Nobody should have such sublime pleasure twice in one week. Powerful, Wonderful, Awesome. Magnificent. Why why why do people listen to rock and to rap when this music is available? A raptuous ten!


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