Othello (The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice)
Othello (The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice) (1955)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 12, 1955
DVD Release Date: August 31, 1999
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This ragged take on Othello may take liberties with the source material, but Orson Welles' genius never fails to impress.

Peter Keough
Boston Globe

Seldom has a director encountered so many frustrations and obstacles, and turned those obstructions into inspirations, integrating them into his vision.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

There is no excuse not to see it.

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Aaron Cutler
Film Comment Magazine

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.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

A Shakespeare movie that lives and breathes like few others.

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Steve Simels
Entertainment Weekly

Low-budget but visually stunning.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A stunning film.

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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice

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.

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Time Out

The visual rhetoric is synchronised with the verbal imagery: they hit sensory overload together.

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Douglas Pratt

A marvelous, very un-stage-like and brisk adaptation that never compromises the spirit of its source.

Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
Absolutely breathetaking B&W cinematography is the primary reason to see adaptation of Othello. While the blackface is a little hard to take seriously,… More
Mike T.
The opening scene of this film is infamous for a reason; Orson Welles instantly submerges his audience in a film that is inventive, daring and eye-popping.… More
John Ballantine
Marvellous depiction of Othello made on a slim buget but with the acting chops to make up for it. A fine exampel of the Welles film style that makes a movie a… More
Simeon Deutsch
Gotta love those lopsided camera angles! Whatever this adaptation of Shakespeare's play lacks in performances, involvement, and precision: Welles makes up… More
Cameron Johnson
Very slow and drawn out for the majority. However, the film does hold a compelling tale, strong characters, very good directing, excellent performances… More
Anthony Valletta
Innovative direction on a low budget. One scene they ran out of money for costumes, so they shot it in a bath house!