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FULL SYNOPSIS

The 1965 Othello is literally a photographed stage play: a filmed record of the National Theatre Production of 1964, as staged by John Dexter and starring Laurence Olivier. As the easily led, fatally jealous Moor of Venice, Olivier wears thick black-faced makeup and speaks in an uncharacteristically deep, bellow-like voice. Some considered his portrayal of Othello to be an unflattering stereotype; others regard Olivier's interpretation as one of the finest Shakespearean performances ever captured on film. Less flamboyant, but no less effective, are Frank Finlay as Iago, Maggie Smith as Desdemona, Derek Jacobi as Cassio, and Joyce Redman as Emilia. Oscar nominations went to Olivier, Finlay, Smith, and Redman. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 15, 1965

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Frank Finlay Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frank Finlay Best Supporting Actor 1965 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Maggie Smith Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Maggie Smith Best Supporting Actress 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Laurence Olivier Best Actor 1965 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Joyce Redman Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joyce Redman Best Supporting Actress 1965 Nominee

Cast

Laurence Olivier
as Othello
Frank Finlay
as Iago
Maggie Smith
as Desdemona
Joyce Redman
as Emilia
Derek Jacobi
as Cassio
Robert Lang
as Roderigo
Anthony Nicholls
as Brabantio
Harry Lomax
as Duke of Venice
Sheila Reid
as Bianca
Michael Turner
as Gratiano
Edward Hardwicke
as Montano
Roy Holder
as Clown
David Hargreaves
as Senate Officer
Malcolm Terris
as Senate Officer
Terence Knapp
as Company
Keith Marsh
as Senator
Tom Kempinski
as Sailor
William Hobbs
as Cypriot Officer
Trevor Martin
as Cypriot Officer
Bruce Purchase
as Company
Dan Meaden
as Company
John McEnery
as Company
Christopher Timothy
as Cypriot Officer
Peter Cellier
Petronella Barker
Malcolm Reynolds
Andrew Bradford
as Company
Janie Booth
as Company
Michael Gambon
as Company

Crew

Anthony Havelock-Allan
Producer
Lord John Brabourne
Producer
William Shakespeare
Play Author
Margaret Unsworth
Screenwriter
Geoffrey Unsworth
Cinematographer
Richard Marden
Editor
William Kellner
Art Director
Jocelyn Herbert
Costume Designer
George Partleton
Makeup
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