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Winner of the 1952 Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or, Orson Welles' adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy is another testimony to his fimmaking genius. The production began in 1948 but would not be finished for another four years due to financial difficulties. Without full financing in place Welles would shoot until the money ran out, shut down production while he tried to raise more in acting roles, then reassemble the cast and crew months later.
But typically the challenges presented by budgetary constraints only heightened Welles' technical flair and imagination behind the camera, resulting in some of the most dramatic and atmospheric scenes he ever shot. In front his portrayal of the doomed Moor was another powerful and charismatic performance. For many years the film was only available in poor prints until 1992 when an original negative was found and a $1 million restortation began. This version looks and sounds better than ever.


Orson Welles short film Return To Glennascaul introduced by Peter Bogdanovich. Restoring Othello feature. Restored Othello trailers. Production stills.

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