Sep 25 > Martin Scorsese Film School – Screening Shakespeare – Othello

25 Sep 2018

Martin Scorsese Film School – Screening Shakespeare – Othello

Date 2018.09.25 (Tuesday)

Time 19.00-22.00

Venue Broadway Cinematheque 1/F


Speakers David Chan, Ben Yuen

 Director|Orson Welles
Screenplay|Orson Welles
Cast|Orson Welles, Micheál MacLiammóir, Suzanne Cloutier
1951/ B&W / 91 minutes/ In English with English Subtitles
Gloriously cinematic despite its tiny budget, Orson Welles’s Othello is a testament to the filmmaker’s stubborn willingness to pursue his vision to the ends of the earth. Unmatched in his passionate identification with Shakespeare’s imagination, Welles brings his inventive visual approach to this enduring tragedy of jealousy, bigotry, and rage, and also gives a towering performance as the Moor of Venice, alongside Suzanne Cloutier as the innocent Desdemona, and Micheál MacLiammóir as the scheming Iago. Shot over the course of three years in Italy and Morocco and plagued by many logistical problems, this fiercely independent film joins Macbeth and Chimes at Midnight in making the case for Welles as the cinema’s most audacious interpreter of the Bard.