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Uniform Title Othello (Motion picture : 1951)
Title Othello [videorecording] / Westchester Films, Inc and World Entertainment, Inc. in association with Beatrice Welles Smith present Orson Welles's ; a film by Orson Welles ; produced and directed by Orson Welles.

Publication Info. [New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2017]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library DVD Television Series    OTH    Available
 PAS Hastings Branch DVD    OTH    Available
Edition DVD special edition.
Description 3 videodiscs (93 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 insert (10 pages, folded : illustrations ; 18 cm).
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Physical Medium 4 3/4 in.
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Series The Criterion collection ; 870
Criterion collection ; 870.
System Details DVD, NTSC, region 1, Dolby Digital monoaural; 1.37:1 aspect ratio (full screen).
Language In English; with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH).
Cast Orson Welles (Othello), Micheál MacLiammóir (Iago), Suzanne Cloutier (Desdemona), Robert Coote (Roderigo), Fay Compton (Emilia), Hilton Edwards (Brabantio), Nicholas Bruce (Lodovico), Michael Laurence (Cassio), Doris Dowling (Bianca).
Credits Editors, John Shepridge, Jean Sacha, Renzo Lucidi, William Morton ; photographers, Anchisi Brizzi, G.R. Aldo [that is, Aldo Graziati], George Fanto, Alberto Fusi, Oberdan Troiani.. ; music, Francesco Lavagnino, Alberto Barberis ; conductor, Willy Ferrero ; costume design, Maria De Matteis ; production design, Alexander Trauner, Luigi Scaccianoce.
Event Filmed on location in Europe and North America.
Note Originally screened with a dubbed-Italian soundtrack in Rome, Italy, in 1951, and later released with its original English-language soundtrack in Europe (1952), and in the U.S. and U.K. (1955).
Based on the play by William Shakespeare.
Summary Dramatization of William Shakespeare's play in which the evil Iago plants the seeds of doubt in Othello's mind about Desdemona's fidelity.
Note Accompanying insert comprises film credits, information about the transfers, and an essay by film critic Geoffrey O'Brien.
Contents [disc 1] Othello : 1952 version (93 min.) -- [disc 2] Othello : 1955 version (91 min.) -- [disc 3.] Filming "Othello" / by Orson Welles (1979) (83 min.).
Note Special features: Disc 1. Simon Callow [In this interview, filmed by the Criterion Collection in 2017, Simon Callow, actor and author of the multivolume biography Orson Welles, discusses the production of Othello, especially Welles's relationship with actors Micheál MacLiammóir and Hilton Edwards] ; Ayanna Thompson [The question of race is central to Othello. In this interview, filmed by the Criterion Collection in 2017, George Washington University professor Ayanna Thompson, author of Passing strange : Shakespeare, race and contemporary America, discusses the complicated history of white actors portraying Othello the Moor.] ; Joseph McBride [This 2014 interview features Joseph McBride, author of What ever happened to Orson Welles?] ; François Thomas [In this interview, recorded by the Criterion Collection in 2017, film scholar François Thomas, coauthor of Orson Welles at work, discusses the different versions of Welles's Othello.] -- Disc 2. Commentary [Recorded for the Criterion Collection in 1994, this commentary features filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich and scholar Myron Meisel.] ; Return to Glennascaul [This 1951 short film featuring Orson Welles was made by actors Micheál MacLiammóir and Hilton Edwards while on a brief hiatus from the production of Othello] ; Souvenirs d'Othello [This 1995 Canadian documentary features an extensive interview, in English and French, with Suzanne Cloutier (Desdemona) about the making of Othello.] -- Disc 3. Filming Othello [The last completed feature of any kind by Orson Welles, this 1979 documentary dives into the production of Othello and includes an extended conversation between Welles and actors Micheál MacLiammóir and Hilton Edwards].
Awards Winner of best picture, Cannes Film Festival, 1952
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Film adaptations.
Othello (Fictitious character from Shakespeare) -- Drama.
Desdemona (Fictitious character) -- Drama.
Muslims -- Drama.
Man-woman relationships -- Drama.
Jealousy -- Drama.
Deception -- Drama.
Venice (Italy) -- Drama.
Genre/Form Romance films.
Film adaptations.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added Author Welles-Smith, Beatrice, presenter.
Welles, Orson, 1915-1985, screenwriter, film producer, film director, actor.
Mac Liammóir, Micheál, 1899-1978, actor.
Cloutier, Suzanne, 1927- actor.
Coote, Robert, 1909-1982, actor.
Compton, Fay, 1894-1978, actor.
Edwards, Hilton, 1903-1982, actor.
Bruce, Nicholas, 1919- actor.
Laurence, Michael, 1919-1988, actor.
Dowling, Doris, 1921-2004, actor.
Brizzi, Anchise, 1887-1964, director of photography.
Graziati, Aldo, 1902-1953, director of photography.
Fanto, George, 1911-2000, director of photography.
Lavagnino, Francesco, 1909-1987, composer (expression)
Barberis, Alberto, 1920-1957, composer (expression)
Ferrero, Willy, conductor.
O'Brien, Geoffrey, 1948- contributor.
Bogdanovich, Peter, 1939- commentator.
Meisel, Myron, commentator.
Callow, Simon, 1949- interviewee (expression)
Girard, François, 1963- film director.
Thomas, François, 1959- interviewee (expression)
Thompson, Ayanna, 1972- interviewee (expression)
McBride, Joseph, 1947- interviewee (expression)
Motion picture adaptation of (work): Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Othello.
Westchester Films Inc., presenter.
World Entertainment Corporation, presenter.
Criterion Collection (Firm), publisher.
Note Also known as: Tragedy of Othello : the Moor of Venice
Also known as: Otello
Added Title Orson Welles's Othello
William Shakespeare's Othello
Return to Glennascaul.
Souvenirs D'"Othello.
ISBN 9781681433035
Standard No. 715515197915
Music No. CC276D The Criterion Collection (container)
CC276D-1 The Criterion Collection (1952 version disc label)
CC276D-2 The Criterion Collection (1955 version disc label)
CC276D-3 The Criterion Collection (Filming "Othello" disc label)

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