Othello ★★★ Orson Welles's Othello; The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice 1952
Welles's striking adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy casts him as the self-deluding Moor, with MacLiammoir as the despicable Iago and Cloutier as innocent victim, Desdemona. Welles filmed his epic over a four-year period due to budget difficulties, which also resulted in his filming in a number of different countries and settings. The film underwent a $1 million restoration, supervised by Welles's daughter, prior to its limited theatrical re-release in 1992. 90m/B VHS, DVD . Orson Welles, Michael MacLiammoir, Suzanne Cloutier, Robert Coote, Hilton Edwards, Michael Lawrence, Nicholas Bruce, Fay Compton, Doris Dowling, Jean Davis, Joseph Cotten, Joan Fontaine; D: Orson Welles; W: Orson Welles; C: Anchise Brizzi, George Fanto, Alberto Fusi, Aldo (G.R. Aldo) Graziatti, Oberdan Troiani; M: Alberto Barberis, Angelo Francesco Lavagnino. Cannes ‘52: Film.