Othello (1965)

Othello

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As directed by Otto Schenk, this most unusual version of Giuseppe Verdi's 1887 opera Othello (adapted from Shakespeare's tragedy of the same name) isn't actually a stage-bound theatrical production. It was shot for German television in 1965 on elaborate sets, but was also done with "roving" cameras, which liberates the material from a sense of staginess and gives it an unprecedented level of intimacy. It stars Wolfgang Windgassen as Othello, Sena Jurinac as Desdemona and Norman Mittelmann as … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: William Shakespeare
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 14, 2007
Runtime:

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as Desdemona

as Emilia

as Desdemona

as Montano

as Herold

as Roderigo

as Duke of Venice

as Senate Officer

as Senate Officer

as Senator

as Cypriot Officer

as Cypriot Officer

as Cypriot Officer

as Company

as Company

as Company

as Company
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Critic Reviews for Othello

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Even with its imperfections and politically incorrect presentation, this film is a memorable achievement.

Full Review… | October 24, 2007
Film Threat

It's a bloated corpse of a movie, running a numbing 166 minutes with only Olivier's lifeblood to sustain it.

Full Review… | September 6, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

Whether taken as a cultural relic or the definitive screen treatment, Othello demands to be seen for Olivier's bravura, high-wire performance.

August 5, 2007
Groucho Reviews

A great cinematic touchstone.

July 17, 2007
ColeSmithey.com

Audience Reviews for Othello

The worst Olivier Shakespearean film that I have seen. Not only is Olivier shockingly displayed in blackface but the portrayal is no Hamlet or Henry V. Even the film's filming locations lack imagination.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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