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As directed by Otto Schenk, this most unusual version of Giuseppe Verdi's 1887 opera Othello (adapted from Shakespeare's tragedy of the same name) isn't actually a stage-bound theatrical production. It was shot for German television in 1965 on elaborate sets, but was also done with "roving" cameras, which liberates the material from a sense of staginess and gives it an unprecedented level of intimacy. It stars Wolfgang Windgassen as Othello, Sena Jurinac as Desdemona and Norman Mittelmann as Iago. The Südfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, the Chor der Wiener Staatsoper and the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even with its imperfections and politically incorrect presentation, this film is a memorable achievement."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"A great cinematic touchstone."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"It's a bloated corpse of a movie, running a numbing 166 minutes with only Olivier's lifeblood to sustain it."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's a stagy and uneven enactment of the play, but what players on this stage!"
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Whether taken as a cultural relic or the definitive screen treatment, Othello demands to be seen for Olivier's bravura, high-wire performance."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
‑ Leonard Klady, Movie City News
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