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Othello (1965)




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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 Iago. The Südfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, the Chor der Wiener Staatsoper and the Wiener Sängerknaben lend added musical support, with Argeo Quadri conducting and Norbert Balatsch serving as chorus master. Gerhard Hruby designed the sets, and Leni Bauer Ecsi did the costumes. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi


Maggie Smith
as Desdemona
Sena Jurinac
as Desdemona
Willy Ferenz
as Montano
Leo Heppe
as Herold
Robert Lang
as Roderigo
Harry Lomax
as Duke of Venice
David Hargreaves
as Senate Officer
Malcolm Terris
as Senate Officer
Keith Marsh
as Senator
William Hobbs
as Cypriot Officer
Trevor Martin
as Cypriot Officer
Christopher Timothy
as Cypriot Officer
Janie Booth
as Company
John McEnery
as Company
Dan Meaden
as Company
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All Critics (11)

There are, of course, many ways to film a staged play, and some are so crude as to be of little value even for the record. Fortunately Othello has been made both wisely and well.

July 16, 2019 | Full Review…

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

October 24, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

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

September 6, 2007 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 3/4

A great cinematic touchstone.

July 17, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

It's a stagy and uneven enactment of the play, but what players on this stage!

August 14, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

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.

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