Othello

Othello

1952, 90 Minute Running Time

Two screenings only!

Presented in a brand new digital restoration presented by Carlotta films.

"This may well be the greatest Shakespeare film... arguably an even more important film in Welles's career than Citizen Kane." -Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader


Welles' long troubled production was shot over three years. Though the film won the 1952 Best Picture Award at Cannes, it wasn't released (in an altered version) in the U.S. until 1955 to little fanfare. There have been several different versions of the film, which was first restored in 1992 by Welles' daughter Beatrice. Though that version (which reportedly cost over $1 million to improve picture quality, re-synch audio and completely re-record the music in stereo) has been critically lambasted as changing the director's original vision. Now Carlotta Films US has restored the film again and will be screened exclusively at the Sie FilmCenter. Despite its problematic past, the film still stands as a testament to Welles' creativity -- and the black and white photography is stunning.

The moor Othello, a well-esteemed Venetian general, and the beautiful Desdemona, senator Brabantio's daughter, hold secret nuptials in Venice. At the far end of the church, two men stand in the background: there is Iago, Othello's officer who hides an immeasurable hatred for him, and Roderigo, madly in love with Desdemona. After their union, Othello leaves to fight the Turkish fleet, then meets up with his wife in Cyprus, where he is appointed governor. The deceitful Iago is determined to tear apart the newlyweds' bliss by manipulating their entourage.

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