A visionary adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy, one of Orson Welles's greatest films, presented in two versions. Gloriously cinematic despite its tiny budget, Othello, directed by Orson Welles (Citizen Kane), is a testament to the filmmaker's stubborn willingness to pursue his vision to the ends of the earth. Unmatched in his passionate identification with Shakespeare's imagination, Welles brings his inventive visual approach to this enduring tragedy of jealousy, bigotry, and rage, and also gives a towering performance as the Moor of Venice, alongside Suzanne Cloutier... (Juliette, or Key of Dreams) as the innocent Desdemona, and MichÃ¡el MacliammÃ³ir (Tom Jones) as the scheming Iago. Shot over the course of three years in Italy and Morocco and plagued by many logistical problems, this fiercely independent film joins Macbeth and Chimes at Midnight in making the case for Welles as the cinema's most audacious interpreter of the Bard. SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES New, restored 4K digital transfers of two versions of the film, the 1952 European one and the 1955 U.S. and UK one, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks Audio commentary from 1995 featuring filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich and Orson Welles scholar Myron Meisel Filming Othello, Welles's last completed film, a 1979 essay-documentary Return to Glennascaul, a 1953 short film made by actors MicheÃ¡l MacLiammÃ³ir and Hilton Edwards during a hiatus from shooting Othello New interview with Welles biographer Simon Callow Souvenirs d' Othello, a 1995 documentary about actor Suzanne Cloutier by FranÃ§ois Girard New interview with Welles scholar FranÃ§ois Thomas on the two versions New interview with Ayanna Thompson, author of Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race and Contemporary America Interview from 2014 with scholar Joseph McBride PLUS: An essay by film critic Geoffrey O'Brien [show more]
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