Othello (The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice) 1955

Othello

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This ragged take on Othello may take liberties with the source material, but Orson Welles' genius never fails to impress.

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A bitter soldier (Andrei Popov) plots to bring about his general's (Sergei Bondarchuk) downfall by convincing him that his wife has been unfaithful.

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Critic Reviews for Othello (The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice)

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  • Feb 06, 2012
    Marvellous depiction of Othello made on a slim buget but with the acting chops to make up for it. A fine exampel of the Welles film style that makes a movie a classic no matter what it cost to make.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2011
    Welles finally manages to adapt Shakespeare and achieve perfection. Exceptional photography in all of its breathtaking fashion, less grim and intoxicating noir remnants like the ones featured in <i>Macbeth</i> (1952), more accurate characters, a 100% anti-Hollywood style, jaw-dropping editing, and the giant Welles as the doomed Othello. CInema at its best! 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2011
    Gotta love those lopsided camera angles! Whatever this adaptation of Shakespeare's play lacks in performances, involvement, and precision: Welles makes up for in incessantly inventive and creative photography. 88/100
    Simeon D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 14, 2010
    Very slow and drawn out for the majority. However, the film does hold a compelling tale, strong characters, very good directing, excellent performances (especially from Welles, which comes to no surprise) and very powerful sequences, especially in the epic final act. Ultimately, "Othello" isn't the greatest Shakespeare tale nor best Orson Welles film, but that hardly matters.
    Cameron J Super Reviewer

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