Othello

Welles' sixth feature (made directly after his avant-garde Macbeth) was shot in fits and starts over a period of four years, on a dozen locations in Morocco and Italy, often without money. Naturally, Welles turned the limitations into strengths. When the costumes didn't show up, he filmed in a Turkish bath. When an actor couldn't make it, he used a stand-in and changed his camera angle. When challenged to match footage shot in Mogador and Venice, he contrived dazzling webs of montage. This is Shakespeare filmed with love and powerhouse enthusiasm, never with reverence. The visual rhetoric is synchronised with the verbal imagery: they hit sensory overload together. A very great film noir.

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Duration: 91 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Orson Welles
Screenwriter: Orson Welles
Cast: Orson Welles
Micheál MacLiammóir
Suzanne Cloutier
Robert Coote
Hilton Edwards
Michael Lawrence
Fay Compton
Nicholas Bruce
Jean Davis
Doris Dowling
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