Othello (1965)

STUART BURGE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

United Kingdom, 1965.  BHE Films, National Theatre of Great Britain Production.  Based on the play by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by Jocelyn Herbert.  Film Editing by .  

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

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