Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
United Kingdom, 1965. BHE Films, National Theatre of Great Britain Production. Based on the play by William Shakespeare. Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth. Produced by John Brabourne, Anthony Havelock-Allan. Music by Richard Hampton. Production Design by Jocelyn Herbert. Costume Design by Jocelyn Herbert. Film Editing by Richard Marden.
Fans of Shakespeare will definitely want to take a look at this dramatic adaptation of the Bard’s tragedy, a highly superior film to the one Oliver Parker made in 1995. Laurence Olivier gives an astoundingly good performance as the true hearted Moor who is turned against his beautiful wife Desdemona (Maggie Smith) by the conniving Iago (Frank Finlay). Filmed with minimal backdrops to encourage a theatrical atmosphere, the film also emphasizes colourful lighting that enriches it as a cinematic experience. The acting is flawless, especially a very young but already strong Smith, and though it is lengthy, it is entertaining.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Actor (Laurence Olivier); Best Supporting Actor (Frank Finlay); Best Supporting Actress (Joyce Redman); Best Supporting Actress (Maggie Smith)
Golden Globe Award Nominations: Best Actress-Drama (Maggie Smith); Best Supporting Actor (Frank Finlay); Best Supporting Actress (Joyce Redman); Best English Language Foreign Film