Sitting at the moviola, Orson Welles runs through scenes from his 1951 film, Othello, gives his interpretation of the play, and tells of the difficulties he encountered in producing the film.
The prodigy son of an inventor and a musician, Welles was well-versed in literature at an early age, particularly Shakespeare, and, through the unusual circumstances of his life (both of his parents died by the time he was 12, leaving him with an inheritance and not many family obligations), he found himself free to indulge his numerous interests, which included the theater. He was educated in private schools and traveled the world. He found it tougher to get onto the Broadway stage, and get a job with Katharine Cornell. He later became associated with John Houseman, and, together, the two of them set the New York theater afire during the 1930s with their work for the Federal Theatre Project, which led to the founding of the Mercury Theater. The Mercury Players later graduated to radio, and their 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast made history when thousands of listeners mistakenly believed aliens had landed on Earth. In 1940, Hollywood beckoned, and Welles and company went west to… read more
Not as inventive or visually clever as F for Fake, but fascinating and entertaining nonetheless. I, too, could listen to Welles read the phone book for hours and not get bored. And it made me almost wish I was still an English teacher because I learned so much about a play I used to teach regularly.
A minor delight in the Orson Welles canon. I could listen to him speak for hours and hours. Watching this is fun in itself and adds to my appreciation of 'Othello'. If only he had lived to complete 'Filming The Trial'. I would have also loved to have seen him do a 'Filming Chimes at Midnight'.
I don't understand why this image - which I think is a picture of Oja Kodar - has been appended to the page for this film. I watched 'Filming Othello' last night and this is definitely not a still from the film. It has nothing to do with it as far as I can tell.