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The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice

Orson Welles Italy, 1951

Clay_Carter's rating of the film Othello

Disappointed. Orson Welles playing the Moor Othello? No. Absolutely, assuredly, positively a poor decision to star and direct. Aside, the balance on light and shadow is excellent in this one. Micheál MacLiammóir as Iago seems the only actor trained to handle the duality of his character, while Welles is hopelessly plain, reading his lines like a grocery list. And the spastic editing? We need room to breathe, Orson.