Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Famed Russian director Serge Bondarchuk steps before the cameras in this Soviet adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello. The Russian landscape provides a surprisingly effective backdrop for this tale of love, hate and jealousy in 16th century Venice. Andrei Popov is a suitably cunning Iago, while Irina Skobtseva is an ethereally beautiful Desdemona. Filmed in 1955, this adaptation of Othello was released in the US five years later. The rather crude English-language dubbing seriously detracts from both the compelling imagery of director Serge Yutkevitch (who'd spent some twenty years seeing this project to fruition) and composer Aram Khachaturian.
betrayal, deception, jealousy, love