Detroit Film Theatre


OTHELLO

Saturday, November 15, 2014

3:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(USA/Morocco/France/1952—directed by Orson Welles)

Filmed under chaotic shooting conditions over three years, in many different countries and requiring several cast changes and replacements, Orson Welles’ Othello nevertheless went on to win the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and is considered by many to be among the finest screen adaptations of any Shakespeare play. Dazzlingly visual and darkly, richly expressive in its performances, soundtrack and cinematography, Welles’ Othello has remained maddeningly elusive for moviegoers, and many of the prints available were of inferior quality. This stunning new restoration will change that, and will stun those still under the false impression that Welles’ cinematic genius all but disappeared after Citizen Kane. (95 min.)

“Dazzling… filmed with powerhouse enthusiasm. A very great film noir.” —Tony Rayns, Time Out London

Othello has been filmed numerous times, but never with such extraordinary grace and power.” —Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

“A brooding expressionist dream. May be the greatest Shakespeare film!” —Jonathan Rosenbaum, Time Out New York