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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 more »

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations.
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Otello
Katia Ricciarelli ...
Desdemona
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Iago
Petra Malakova ...
Emilia
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Cassio
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Lodovico
Edwin Francis ...
Montano
Sergio Nicolai ...
Roderigo
Remo Remotti ...
Brabantio
Antonio Pierfederici ...
Doge
Ezio Di Cesare ...
Cassio (voice)
John Macurdy ...
Lodovico (voice)
Constantin Zaharia ...
Roderigo (voice)
Edward Toumajian ...
Montano (voice)
Giannicola Pigliucci ...
Brabantio (voice)
Gabriella Borni ...
Dancer Soloist
David Allen Mann ...
Venetian Officer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Enzo Marino Bellanich
Peter Lapres ...
Cassio's Aide
Alessandro Spadorcia
David A. Mann ...
Venetian Officer (uncredited)
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Member of Chorus (uncredited)

Directed by

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Franco Zeffirelli

Written by

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Arrigo Boito ... (libretto)
 
Franco Zeffirelli ... (adaptation) &
Masolino D'Amico ... (adapted for the screen by)
 
William Shakespeare ... (inspired by play "Othello")

Produced by

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Yoram Globus ... producer
Menahem Golan ... producer
John Thompson ... executive producer

Cinematography by

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Ennio Guarnieri

Film Editing by

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Franca Silvi
Peter Taylor

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Patrizia Ceresani ... assistant editor
Omneya 'Nini' Mazen ... post-production assistant

Production Design by

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Franco Zeffirelli

Art Direction by

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Gianni Quaranta

Costume Design by

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Anna Anni
Maurizio Millenotti

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Carlo Barucci ... assistant hair stylist
Desideria Corridoni ... hair stylist
Maria Teresa Corridoni ... key hair stylist
Giorgio Gregorini ... hair stylist
Alfredo Marazzi ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Roberto Giussani ... production supervisor
Michael Hartman ... production supervisor (as Mike Hartman)
Renato Pecoriello ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Pippo Pisciotto ... assistant director

Art Department

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Fabio Carussi ... carpenter
Domenico Mancino ... blacksmith

Sound Department

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Roberto Edwin Forrest ... sound recordist
Renato Giannelli ... sound mixer
Stanley B. Gill ... sound recordist
Edmondo Gintili ... additional effects editor
Maurizio Merli ... boom operator
Luciano Muratori ... supervising sound editor: recut/remix
Doug E. Turner ... re-recording mixer

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Claudio Quaglietti ... special effects technician

Camera and Electrical Department

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Nino Cristiani ... camera operator
Claudio Gallicchio ... electrician
Massimo Intoppa ... assistant camera

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Enrico Serafini ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Lanfranco Diotallevi ... location manager

Music Department

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Giulio Bertola ... chorus master
Michael Johns ... music editor
Lorin Maazel ... conductor / music producer
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala ... musician (as Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano)
Giuseppe Verdi ... music by
John Kurlander ... balance engineer (uncredited)

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Fabiomassimo Dell'Orco ... production assistant
Renata Franceschi ... continuity
Marcello Lanza ... assistant accountant
Eugene Rizzo ... unit publicist
Antonio Stefanucci ... production secretary
Alberto Testa ... choreographer

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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  • 118 min
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Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014). See more »

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