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Othello is a 1965 film based on the National Theatre's staging of Shakespeare's Othello (1964-66) staged by John Dexter. Directed by Stuart Burge, the film starred Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Frank Finlay, and Joyce Redman, providing film debuts for both Derek Jacobi and Michael Gambon. The film retains virtually all of Shakespeare's original play and does not change the order of scenes, as Olivier's Hamlet or Richard III do. The only major omission is the Fool's scene. Derek Jacobi (Cassio) and Michael Gambon both made their film debuts in Othello and would go on to become giants of the stage and screen. Edward Hardwicke, would go on to work with the National for seven years and then become best known as Dr. Watson in TV series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The film of Othello used enlarged duplicates of the original stage settings, rather than having elaborate new sets built. Olivier's former backers for his Shakespeare films were all dead by 1965, and he was not able to...
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