Director: Stuart Burge Cast: Laurence Olivier, Frank Finlay, Maggie Smith

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The 1965 Othello is literally a photographed stage play: a filmed record of the National Theatre Production of 1964, as staged by John Dexter and starring Laurence Olivier. As the easily led, fatally jealous Moor of Venice, Olivier wears thick black-faced makeup and speaks in an uncharacteristically deep, bellow-like voice. Some considered his portrayal of Othello to be an unflattering stereotype; others regard Olivier's interpretation as one of the finest Shakespearean performances ever captured on film. Less flamboyant, but no less effective, are Frank Finlay as Iago, Maggie Smith as Desdemona, Derek Jacobi as Cassio, and Joyce Redman as Emilia. Oscar nominations went to Olivier, Finlay, Smith, and Redman.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/2013
UPC: 0032031490697
Original Release: 1965
Source: Kultur Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Sound: [stereo]
Time: 2:39:00
Sales rank: 13,855

Special Features

Includes bonus Anthony Hopkins interview

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laurence Olivier Othello
Frank Finlay Iago
Maggie Smith Desdemona
Joyce Redman Emilia
Derek Jacobi Cassio
Robert Lang Roderigo
Anthony Nicholls Brabantio
Harry Lomax Duke of Venice
Sheila Reid Bianca
Michael Turner Gratiano
Kenneth Mackintosh Lodovico
Edward Hardwicke Montano
Roy Holder Clown
David Hargreaves Senate Officer
Malcolm Terris Senate Officer
Terence Knapp Company
Keith Marsh Senator
Tom Kempinski Sailor
William Hobbs Cypriot Officer
Trevor Martin Cypriot Officer
Petronella Barker Actor
Peter Cellier Actor
Malcolm Reynolds Actor
Christopher Timothy Cypriot Officer
Janie Booth Company
Andrew Bradford Company
Michael Gambon Company
Reginald Green Company
John McEnery Company
Dan Meaden Company
Bruce Purchase Company
Robert Russell Company

Technical Credits
Stuart Burge Director
John Brabourne Producer
Richard Hampton Score Composer
Anthony Havelock-Allan Producer
Jocelyn Herbert Costumes/Costume Designer
William Kellner Art Director
Richard Marden Editor
George Partleton Makeup
Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematographer
Margaret Unsworth Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Othello
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16

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Othello 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie version is quite faithful to the play. In fact, you could read along with Shakespeare's original. The main problem I had was the obvious: Olivier, as Othello, performs in blackface.