Soon after the release of Macbeth, in 1948, American director Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil) decided to adapt another Shakespeare play, Othello. The film's shoot was fraught with pitfalls, including the original producer going bankrupt and unforeseen cast changes, leading Welles to suspend filming several times. The result is an astounding and breathtakingly beautiful adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy: the actor-director, assisted by renowned production designer Alexandre Trauner, glorifies each shot of his Othello with clever contrasts between shadow and light. Orson Welles exerts his genius with a masterpiece of unique aesthetics, earning a well-deserved Palme d'Or in Cannes in 1952. We're proud to announce the film is finally available in a brand new 2K digital restoration!
« Orson's bravery – along with his imagination, his selfishness, his generosity, his cruelty, his tolerance, his impatience, his sensitivity, his coarseness, and his vision – is magnificently excessive. »