Orson Welles at 100: OTHELLO

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Among Welles’ finished films, OTHELLO has one of the most troubled production histories. Financed largely out-of-pocket and shot intermittently over a three-year period, OTHELLO nevertheless remains one of Welles’ most beautiful works; a compact, powerful drama fraught with taut atmospheric pleasure. As with MACBETH before it, Welles takes liberties with Shakespeare’s original work, which concerns the Moorish general Othello (Welles) and his new wife Desdemona (Suzanne Cloutier), who are manipulated and betrayed by their jealous subordinates. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

New digital restoration of the 1992 reconstruction, originally supervised by Beatrice Welles-Smith.


OTHELLO screens Sunday, December 20 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is showing as part of our Orson Welles at 100 series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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