Friday, 12 January 2018

Capital Celluloid 2018 - Day 24: Wed Jan 24

Othello (Welles, 1952): Close-Up Cinema, 7.30pm


This screening is part of the Orson Welles season at Close-Up Cinema from January 15th to 30th. You can find all the details here.

Chicago Reader review:
For all the liberties taken with the play, Orson Welles's 1952 independent feature may well be the greatest Shakespeare film (Welles's later 
Chimes at Midnight is the only other contender)—a brooding expressionist dream made in eerie Moorish locations over nearly three years, yet held together by a remarkably cohesive style and atmosphere. (The film looks better than ever in its 1992 restored version, though it sounds quite different thanks to the restorers' debatable decision to redo the brilliant score and sound effects in stereo, altering them considerably in the process.) The most impressive performance here is Micheal MacLiammoir's Iago; Welles's own underplaying of the title role meshes well with the somnambulistic mood, but apart from some magnificent line readings he makes less of a dramatic impression.
Jonathan Rosenbaum


Here (and above) is the trailer.

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