Desdemona, daughter of a Venetian aristocrat, elopes with Moorish military hero Othello, to the great envy of Iago. Alas, Iago knows Othello’s weakness, and with chilling malice works on him. Welles shot the film over 3 years in Venice, Morocco, and Rome.
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All time classic and surely among the finest adaptations on screen. Furiously passionate, theatrically alluring with strong figures and a typical Shakespearian tragical issue. My favorite with Macbeth, also with Welles
Only Orson Welles could pull off playing Othello in black face but he pulls it off in a way that is graceful and not offensive. Welles also continues to push the boundaries of cinema and how the Bard's words should be translated and proves yet again that Welles was far superior to Olivier when it came to adapting Shakespeare.
Un incontestable chef-d'oeuvre fastueux, débordant d'un sens inné de la dramaturgie et ponctué par quelques plans inoubliables proches de l'anthologie. Une oeuvre époustouflante ..... www.cinefiches.com
It's a fabulous film. In Othello, Welles remarkably captures Shakespeare's dense, visceral imagery and the emotional turmoil of the doomed title character through tortured deep focus compositions and some extreme contrasts of light and shadow.
Oddly, Welles' Othello reminds me of a Black and White graphic novel (a delightful one), with lots of terrific POV angles using bold pen and ink illustrations of dark cavernous castle passages and noirish keylights with blue-black shadows, all the while incorporating a toned-down Elizabethan language in bite-size cartouches over the
This isn't exactly Shakespeare, but it may be the best film ever derived from his work: a disorienting, phantasmagoric staging of Othello sped up to such a pace (and done with such a grim, beautiful eye for chaos) that nearly every shot can send your mind reeling. The result is the only Shakespeare adaptation that runs the risk of giving you a panic attack.