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Filming Othello

Directed by Orson Welles
West Germany, 1978


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.

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Filming Othello Directed by Orson Welles

Critics reviews

Welles appears to privilege his editing over his directing and his directing over his acting. But the movie is also a hall of mirrors, with Welles playing “Orson Welles” — at once pompous and self-deprecating, a celluloid Santa Claus with a full bag of tricks… For Welles, process, however chaotic, was ultimately more important than product. With Filming Othello, he ended his film career as he began it: Like “Citizen Kane,” the movie is a stunt that places the act of filmmaking at center stage.
September 29, 2017
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