Orson Welles had attempted Shakespeare's OTHELLO 14 years before, but that version pales in comparison to this. This version began as a play at the Chichester Festival in 1964, then was taken to London for the National Theatre. The man who directed that stage version, John Dexter, staged
the action for this film; film director Burge gets the credit here, although this is such a stage-bound affair that one can't perceive where Dexter ends and Burge commences. Jocelyn Herbert's stage sets were transformed for the screen by Kellner, although all of them seem to have been physically
transported, rather than redesigned. The main reason for seeing this is, of course, Oli...