Watch: Othello 1951 123movies, Full Movie Online – Desdemona, daughter of a Venetian aristocrat, elopes with Moorish military hero Othello, to the great resentment of Othello’s envious underling Iago. Alas, Iago knows Othello’s weakness, and with chilling malice works on him with but too good effect..
Plot: When a secret marriage is planned between Othello, a Moorish general, and Desdemona, the daughter of Senator Brabantio, her old suitor Roderigo takes it hard. He allies himself with Iago, who has his own grudge against Othello, and the two conspire to bring Othello down. When their first plan, to have him accused of witchcraft, fails, they plant evidence intended to make him believe Desdemona is unfaithful.
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Welles’ images match the beauty of Shakespeare’s language
Considerable controversy has surrounded the 1992 restoration and re-release of Orson Welles’ “Othello.” First, the film was wrongly labelled a “lost classic” – not technically true, as Welles aficionados will realize. More seriously, the restoration crew (under the aegis of Welles’ daughter, Beatrice Welles) re-synced the dialogue and re-recorded the musical score – an abomination to Welles purists. While it would have been preferable to adhere to Welles’ vision for the film, such an endeavor becomes extremely difficult when no written record of Welles’ intent exists (as it did with his famous 26-page memo to Universal regarding “Touch of Evil”). So it’s true that the restored version lacks a degree of authenticity, but what are the alternatives? Grainy, scratched, poorly synced public domain prints (c.f. “Mr Arkadin” and “The Trial”)? Or, worse, no available copy at all (c.f. “Chimes at Midnight”)?
Anyway, on to the film. “Othello’s” existence helps disprove the charges of profligacy and “fear of completion” that plagued Welles’ career after “Citizen Kane.” Shot over four years in Morocco and Italy, and financed largely by Welles himself, “Othello” manages to avoid a low-budget look, thanks largely to virtuoso editing that masks the incongruities of time and space. Welles’ powers of invention are on full display here, most obviously in the famous Turkish bath scene (an improvised set necessitated by a lack of costumes). Set designer Alexandre Trauner’s astute choice of Moroccan and Venetian locations instantly establishes a geographic authenticity; Welles initially exploits them for all their stark beauty before retreating into noirish interiors, underscoring Othello’s descent into darkness.
Aside from Michael Macliammoir’s chilling Method performance as Iago, the acting in Welles’ “Othello” has been criticized as too restrained and modulated for Shakespearean tragedy. Such criticism is largely unwarranted, for this “Othello” is as much for the eyes as the ears: Welles’ bold framing and expressionistic camera angles free the play from its theatrical moorings (pun intended), undermining the need for stage elocution. Indeed, the camera is the true star of this film, as Welles generates images that match the grandeur and eloquence of Shakespeare’s language.
erratic at best
The re-release in the early 1990s of Orson Welles’ cut-and-paste Shakespeare tragedy was greeted by near unanimous critical acclaim, but all the belated comparisons to ‘Citizen Kane’ couldn’t hide the desperate circumstances under which the film was made. Welles himself gave an impressive, suitably moody performance in the title role, but all his efforts were undone by too many budget restrictions (consecutive scenes were sometimes shot years apart), leaving only a flimsy shadow of what could have been another masterpiece. Visually, the film highlights all the trademark eccentricities of its director, including some ostentatious, imitation Gregg Toland cinematography. But the shoddy editing and poorly recorded sound track diminish the impact and beauty of Shakespeare’s language, and the occasional flash of brilliance isn’t enough to salvage yet another compelling failure from a wayward genius.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 30 min (90 min), 1 hr 33 min (93 min) (TCM print) (USA)
Genre Drama, Romance
Director Orson Welles
Writer William Shakespeare, Orson Welles, Jean Sacha
Actors Orson Welles, Micheál MacLiammóir, Robert Coote
Country Italy, Morocco, United States
Awards 1 win & 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby (re-release), Mono (RCA Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 2,538 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm