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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… 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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