Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Eleven Years Later, Another Silent Othello

Othello. Dir. Dimitri Buchowetzki. Perf. Emil Jannings and Werner Krauss. 1922. DVD. Keno Video, 2002.
The advanced special effects of this film enable us to see, with Othello, Desdemona and Cassio embracing. I'm not so sure about the Pierrot costume—it seems to have more of a comic than a tragic effect.

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