Othello (1965)

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(out of 5)


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.  gives an astoundingly good performance as the true hearted Moor who is turned against his beautiful wife Desdemona () by the conniving Iago (). 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.


BHE Films, National Theatre of Great Britain Production

United Kingdom, 1965

Directed by

Based on the play by

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by Jocelyn Herbert

Film Editing by


Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor (Laurence Olivier as “Othello”)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Frank Finlay as “Iago”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Joyce Redman as “Emilia”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Maggie Smith as “Desdemona”)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Maggie Smith)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Frank Finlay)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Joyce Redman)
Best English-Language Foreign Film

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