Othello

Othello

Directed by Orson Welles • 1952 • Italy, United States

When a secret marriage is planned between Othello, a Moorish general, and Desdemona, the daughter of Senator Brabantio, her old suitor Roderigo takes it hard. He allies himself with Iago, who has his own grudge against Othello, and the two conspire to bring Othello down. When their first plan, to have him accused of witchcraft, fails, they plant evidence intended to make him believe Desdemona is unfaithful.

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Othello
  • Othello

    Directed by Orson Welles • 1952 • Italy, United States

    When a secret marriage is planned between Othello, a Moorish general, and Desdemona, the daughter of Senator Brabantio, her old suitor Roderigo takes it hard. He allies himself with Iago, who has his own grudge against Othello, and the two...

Extras

  • OTHELLO: 1955 U.S. Version

  • OTHELLO: 1955 U.S. Version with Commentary

  • Filming OTHELLO

    The last completed feature of any kind by Orson Welles, this 1979 documentary dives into the production of OTHELLO and includes an extended conversation between Welles and actors Micheál MacLiammóir and Hilton Edwards.

  • Return to Glennascaul

    Directed by Hilton Edwards • 1953 • United Kingdom

    Orson Welles, playing himself, picks up a hitchhiker who recounts a strange story. Actors Micheál MacLiammóir and Hilton Edwards made this short film during a hiatus from shooting Othello (1952).

  • Souvenirs d’OTHELLO

    This 1995 Canadian documentary features an extensive interview, in English and French, with actor Suzanne Cloutier (Desdemona) about the making of OTHELLO.

  • Simon Callow on OTHELLO

    In this interview, filmed in 2017, Simon Callow, actor and author of the multivolume biography “Orson Welles,” discusses the production of OTHELLO, especially Welles’s relationship with actors Micheál MacLiammóir and Hilton Edwards.

  • Ayanna Thompson on OTHELLO

    The question of race is central to OTHELLO. In this interview, filmed in 2017, George Washington University professor Ayanna Thompson, author of “Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race and Contemporary America,” discusses the complicated history of white actors portraying Othello the Moor.

  • Joseph McBride on OTHELLO

    This 2014 interview features Joseph McBride, author of “What Ever Happened to Orson Welles?”

  • François Thomas on OTHELLO

    In this interview, recorded in 2017, film scholar François Thomas, coauthor of “Orson Welles at Work,” discusses the different versions of Welles’s OTHELLO.