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Film Series : Orson Welles: The Other Side of the Argument

Filming Othello

1978, Orson Welles, West Germany, 84 min.

Show Times

  • Tue, May 7th 6:00pm

"Wonderfully candid...Welles is at his spellbinding best."—Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

"An entertaining and revealing film memoir. FILMING OTHELLO is so good it makes one long for more."
--Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Welles's final film was as modest and barely noticed as his first one was spectacular and notorious. Commissioned by a West German television station to accompany a broadcast of his 1952 Shakespeare adaptation, it went three years over schedule, received a brief run at a New York theater, and then disappeared into a thicket of legal disputes. Continuing in the film-essay mode that Welles enthusiastically embraced in F FOR FAKE, it foregrounds his skills as an editor and a raconteur. Perched behind a Moviola, he discourses on the art of film editing, offers fascinating insights on his OTHELLO ("My film tried to depict a whole world in collapse"), recites speeches from the play, and counterpoints the verbiage with reedited silent footage from the film. Also included are a convivial lunchtime conversation with actors (and longtime friends) Micheál MacLiammóir and Hilton Edwards, and a lively Q&A with students at a Boston screening. Digital video courtesy of Oja Kodar. (MR)

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