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The original cast and soul-shattering impact of the play's 1964 staging by the National Theatre of Great Britain are captured on film. As the valiant war hero swept into a maelstrom of jealousy and revenge, Olivier won his seventh Academy Award nomination. The movie's Desdemona (Maggie Smith), Emilia (Joyce Redman) and "honest Iago" (Frank Finlay) also captured Oscar nominations. And the result, Bosley Crowther wrote in The New York Times, is that "this Othello is one of the boldest you'll ever see."


Studio Warner
SKU 204647811
UPC 085391112105
UPC 14 00085391112105
Format DVD
Release Date 8/14/2007
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Cast & Crew
Anthony Havelock-Allan - Producer
Frank Finlay - Actor
Geoffrey Unsworth - Cinematographer
John Brabourne - Producer
John Dexter - Director
Joyce Redman - Actor
Laurence Olivier - Actor
Maggie Smith - Actor
Richard Hampton - Original Music By
Richard Marden - Editor
Stuart Burge - Director
William Kellner - Art Director
William Shakespeare - Based On Play By
Nominee (1967) British Academy Awards, Frank Finlay, Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
Nominee (1966) Golden Globe, Othello, Best English-Language Foreign Film,Golden Globe, Maggie Smith, Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama,Golden Globe, Frank Finlay, Best Supporting Actor,Golden Globe, Joyce Redman, Best Supporting Actress,Oscar, Laurence Olivier, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Frank Finlay, Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Joyce Redman, Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Maggie Smith, Best Actress in a Supporting Role
ReviewSource TV Guide
Review Orson Welles had attempted Shakespeare's Othello 14 years before, but that version pales in comparison to this. This version began as a play at the Chichester Festival in 1964, then was taken to London for the National Theatre...The main reason for seeing this is, of course, Olivier in another of his towering performances. Olivier, in blackface, is the Moor who wears a crucifix and crosses himself but who is nonetheless culturally alien. He is more than ably counterpointed by Smith's Desdemona, a sweet, gullible, and totally innocent creature who has the misfortune of being betrayed. Finlay, as Iago, is too old to make us believe he is the 28 years of age the script calls for him to be; obviously he has been directed to play the villain in a quieter fashion than is customary. Jacobi, who was not to be recognized internationally until he did TV's "I, Claudius," is a wonder of restraint in the role of Cassio, a part that has been played many times before with rolling eyes and stentorian speech.
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, French, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Stephen Brophy, The Tech Olivier's Othello embodies magnificence.
Time ...[Olivier takes a] difficult role and stamps his genius upon it.

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