The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (Othello)
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The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (Othello)
Anyone interested in making a low-budget movie ought to see Orson Welles' screen adaptation of William Shakespeare's Othello, a striking example of how much can be achieved with very little money. For years, stories about this singularly troubled movie circulated more widely than the film itself; Welles began shooting Othello without securing full financing, so he would gather his cast, assemble a crew, and shoot until his money ran out. He would then take an acting assignment to raise some cash, reassemble his cast, and start filming again until the latest batch of money was gone. For… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Seldom has a director encountered so many frustrations and obstacles, and turned those obstructions into inspirations, integrating them into his vision."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"There is no excuse not to see it."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Othello joins a gallery of ... Welles protagonists such as ... Kane and Macbeth, whose desire to believe themselves masters of their domains lead ... to solitary tragic fates."
‑ Aaron Cutler, Film Comment Magazine
"Welles genius behind the camera brings one of the Bard's darkest plays to life."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"Noir drama without the usual suspects...dark, macabre and delightfully done."
‑ Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
"A Shakespeare movie that lives and breathes like few others."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Low-budget but visually stunning."
‑ Steve Simels, Entertainment Weekly
"A stunning film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The text of the original play has been slashed to its bare bones, with bravura cinematography and editing also helping make this a taut, visceral experience."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Othello came together in defiance of any unifying principle beyond the scrappy vision of its director. It's a work of seat-of-the-pants grandeur."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
"The visual rhetoric is synchronised with the verbal imagery: they hit sensory overload together."
‑ , Time Out
"A marvelous, very un-stage-like and brisk adaptation that never compromises the spirit of its source."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Though made on the cheap, it has the rich arty look of an avant-garde Expressionist work that few big-budget films ever achieve so well."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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