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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Ezio Di Cesare Ezio Di Cesare ... Cassio (voice)
John Macurdy John Macurdy ... Lodovico (voice)
Constantin Zaharia Constantin Zaharia ... Roderigo (voice)
Edward Toumajian Edward Toumajian ... Montano (voice)
Giannicola Pigliucci Giannicola Pigliucci ... Brabantio (voice)
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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, Limited Release

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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Movie Otello to cherish
21 August 2018 | by tea321See all my reviews

Otello is an opera that has a very good music.This movie had cuts in the music(especially The Willow Song).Plàcido Domingo may not be the best in singing,his voice being not so secure,but he is still a very good Otello.,a role he sang onstage before(same with Katia Ricciarelli as Desdemona).Justino Diaz is a very menacing Iago.Katia Ricciarelli I know from her Liù that she can be very touching and she does give a very touching and tragic Desdemona.A very nice movie version of a very nice opera.


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