Othello (The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice) (1955)
Critic Consensus: This ragged take on Othello may take liberties with the source material, but Orson Welles' genius never fails to impress.
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Critic Reviews for Othello (The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice)
Seldom has a director encountered so many frustrations and obstacles, and turned those obstructions into inspirations, integrating them into his vision.
A Shakespeare movie that lives and breathes like few others.
Othello came together in defiance of any unifying principle beyond the scrappy vision of its director. It's a work of seat-of-the-pants grandeur.
Audience Reviews for Othello (The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice)
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.
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.
Absolutely breathetaking B&W cinematography is the primary reason to see adaptation of Othello. While the blackface is a little hard to take seriously, Orson does give a hell of a performance. Worth seeing if you dig the bard.
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