Othello

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Orson Welles' adaptation of Othello, one of the most troubled productions in the history of film, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a documentary titled Restoring Othello, which documents the process involved in making the film look as good as it does on this DVD. This disc is superb for film ...
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Orson Welles' adaptation of Othello, one of the most troubled productions in the history of film, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a documentary titled Restoring Othello, which documents the process involved in making the film look as good as it does on this DVD. This disc is superb for film historians, enthusiasts, and anyone with an interest in Welles' work.
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Special Features

Restoring "Othello"
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Beset by financial problems, Orson Welles' 1952 production of Shakespeare's play took nearly four years to complete. Unable to afford adequate sound equipment, Welles was forced to post-synchronize the dialogue (as he had with Macbeth), but the dubbing is disconcertingly haphazard. Many of the actors were unavailable to dub their parts, so Welles himself voiced their characters. An ever-changing cast (many could not commit to the on again/off again production) further inhibited Welles' ability to pull together a cohesive and coherent film. Lastly, by omitting reams of material, inserting scenes of his own (such as the funeral procession that bookends the film), and rearranging several others, the 91-minute film has an assertively Wellesian stamp on it. Somehow, despite these problems, Welles put together a visually exciting accompaniment to the aural delight of Shakespeare's words. The black-and-white cinematography is sterling, while the aggressively angular shots keep the audience a little off-balance throughout. By dwelling on ceremony and procession, Welles accentuates the conflicts that bedevil Othello, a character who feels socially inferior and unworthy of Desdemona's love. Welles is a capable Shakespearean actor, though his penchant for grand theatrical gestures is occasionally misplaced in the more intimate medium of film. Othello won the Palme d'Or at the 1952 Cannes Film Festival.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/1999
  • UPC: 014381583120
  • Original Release: 1952
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Orson Welles Othello
Michael MacLiammoir Iago
Michael Laurence Cassio
Suzanne Cloutier Desdemona
Robert Coote Roderigo
Fay Compton Emilia
Hilton Edwards Brabantio
Nicholas Bruce Lodovico
Doris Dowling Bianca
Joseph Cotten Senator
Jean Davis Montano
Joan Fontaine Page
Technical Credits
Orson Welles Director, Producer, Screenwriter
G.R. Aldo Cinematographer
Alberto Barberis Score Composer
Anchise Brizzi Cinematographer
Maria de Matteis Costumes/Costume Designer
Julien Derode Associate Producer
Georges Fanto Cinematographer
Willy Ferrero Musical Direction/Supervision
Alberto Fusi Cinematographer
Aldo Graziati Cinematographer
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Score Composer
Renzo Lucidi Editor
William Morton Editor
Jean Sacha Editor
Carroll L. Shepphird Editor
Alexandre Trauner Art Director
Oberdan Trojani Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title; The Moor [7:07]
2. Othello and the Senate [9:54]
3. News From Othello [3:21]
4. Cassio [13:28]
5. Iago's Deceit [8:09]
6. "I Have Some Proof" [9:20]
7. Anger Arise [6:16]
8. The Venetian Council [2:47]
9. Talk to Thee [4:58]
10. Plans of Revenge [10:02]
11. "Put Out Thy Light" [8:14]
12. The Truth; End Credits [9:15]
1. Restoring Othello [7:24]
2. Restoration Producer: Michael Dawson [2:05]
3. Associate Producer/Research Assistant: Mark Caras [1:01]
4. Owner of Universal Film & Video: Murray Allen [1:22]
5. Associate Producer: Arnie Saks [:51]
6. "I Have Some Proof" [3:12]
7. Orchestral Conductor: Michael Pendowski [4:33]
8. Supervising Sound Editor: John Fogelso [:44]
9. End Credits [:38]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Chapter Index
   Feature Start
   Restoring Othello
   Orson Welles Filmography
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