Director: Orson Welles
Screenwriters: William Shakespeare, Orson Welles

Institute History

  • 1986 Sundance Film Festival


Othello was filmed over a four-year period, as Welles, at the height of his creative powers, struggled for financial backing while in self-imposed European exile. Welles made the film one of his more mesmerizing. His dazzling camerawork, percussive editing and expressionistic use of real Mediterranean locals and architecture are complimented by his performance as the Moor and, particularly, the performance of the great Irish actor, Michael MacLiammoir as Iago. Othello was selected as the Best Film of the 1952 Cannes Film Festival.

Screening Details

  • Section: Orson Welles Remembered, Chimes at Night
  • Film Type: Dramatic Feature
  • Country: U.S.A.
  • Run Time: 91 min.
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