Serious opera enthusiasts will be appalled by the cuts made in this cinematic version of the opera that Shakespeare inspired. But when Verdi and librettist Boito united to bring the Moor's tale to the musical stage in 1887, they had to make many alterations in the Bard's story, and
director Franco Zeffirelli made similar cuts and pastes in order to make it work for the screen. It's near the end of the 15th century on the isle of Cyprus. Otello (Placido Domingo), the governor of the island, is returning from a successful campaign against the Turks. Desdemona (Katia
Ricciarelli) awaits his return and pledges her love upon seeing him. Otello's friend, Iago (Justino Di...