Friday, June 27

Special Engagements Archive

Orson Welles’ Othello

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(1952) dir Orson Welles w/Welles, Suzanne Cloutier, Micheál MacLiammóir [90 min; DCP]
In 1948, Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil) set out to adapt Shakespeare’s Othello – the tragic tale of jealousy and betrayal in the royal courts of Venice. The film’s shoot was fraught with pitfalls, including bankruptcy and unforeseen cast changes, which lead Welles to suspend filming several times. The bullheaded director persisted, however, and the result of his efforts is an astounding and breathtakingly beautiful adaptation. Assisted by renowned production designer Alexandre Trauner, Welles glorifies each shot of his OTHELLO with clever contrasts between shadow and light, earning a well-deserved Palme d’Or in Cannes in 1952. We’re pleased to present this legendary film in a brand new digital restoration!

★★★★ “Moor! Moor! Moor!” – Peter Keough, Boston Globe

“Shakespeare is subjected not to a decorous homage but to an enraptured wrestle. There is no excuse not to see it.” – Anthony Lane, New Yorker

★★★★★ “Welles’s blood, sweat and tears are fully evident in each frame… A Shakespeare movie that lives and breathes like few others.” – Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

“OTHELLO is immediately involving, draws us in as swiftly as does a cobra’s eyes, hypnotizing us… watching it, you want to swoon, you get weak, the way you would if a great king should ever pass before you.” Leo Racicot writes about the dizzying majesty of Welles’ film adaptation of the Shakespeare masterpiece in his Brattle Film Notes essay. Read more


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