Otello - Franco Zeffirelli details
|Starring:||Petra Malakova, Justino Diaz, Placido Domingo, Katia Ricciarelli, JUSTINO DIAZ, Urbano Barberini|
|Genres:||Music/Musical, World Cinema|
Otello - Franco Zeffirelli
|Run time:||1 hour 58 minutes|
|Rental release:||11 Apr 2005|
|Subtitles:||Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English, German|
Most helpful review
Otello - the 'more' you listen the merrier you be.By Andrew John Dunlop from Nairn Scotland , 25 Jan 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]If you love opera and Shakespeare this is a must. If you want to sample the genre this is perhaps where you should begin.
Stage productions can be limiting and difficult for both the camera and the viewer. Despite its age this 'film' production captures all of the excitement and passion of Verdi's masterpiece.
Zeffirelli imbues imagination and texture and the film flows effortlessly to its inevitable and tragic conclusion.
Placido Domingo is magnificent as Otello, even if having the appearance of someone spending too long in a dodgy suntan parlour. But the highlight was Justino Dias' excellent voice and performance as Iago.
Why aren't there more film versions of opera? This film is perhaps a little dated but remains a leading light in what should be a growing market!
Bleeding chunksBy Catkin19 (6 reviews) from Edinburgh , 28 Jul 2010Fantastic cast, stunning locations, sumptuous constumes................pity about the music. If you don't know the opera you won't notice, but if you do be prepared for a massacre as some of your favourite bits are chopped out and the remains roughly spliced together..............what's gained in 'pace' is lost in characterisation, and the loss of the Willow Song is hard to take. Presumably the director feels that a world-class cast of singing actors just singing is too boring so poor old Otello has to catapult from besotted husband to insanely jealous fiend for no obvious reason, as much of Iago's slimy insinuation is cut. If you want the whole opera, this isn't it.........but it's a decent approximation for a film audience where the music functions as a soundtrack rather the focus of the whole event as it is on stage. Visuals great, shame about the notes..............
Hold onto your seat!By a customer from Eastmidlands , 21 Jun 2010Another mesmerising account of Verdi's Othello.
This one is a film version, and it beats by a mile any stage version.
The orchestra is great.
Iago is sung well.
And the two leading singers (Domingo and Ricciariella) give extraordinary performances as Othello and Desdemona.
One of the great opera films.By a customer from Chiswick , 12 Apr 2009Truly splendid version of Otello with a marvellous cast. The settings are fabulously rich, the costumes excellent and the camera that roams and peers through bars and screens and clusters of lances gives the staginess of the original more of a movie feel.
Though the opera is based on Shakespeare, it condenses and tightens the action. You feel this more in this version of the opera which is further shortened for the film. You lose some of the beautiful music including one of the most famous arias, Desdemona's Willow Song.
There is a slightly dated feel to the film but in spite of that it is one of the great opera films.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008Apart from the excellent performances by Domingo,Ricciarelli & Diaz the sound effects must make this one of the most dramatic operas ever put on film.
This is a GemBy a customer from Wales , 21 Nov 2006The best Otelo production!. Everything is perfect; Placido Domingo is brilliant; Cassio is terribly sexy and desirable BUT the star is Justino Diaz (Iago) and the chemistry between him and Domingo is superb. Even if you do not like opera, watch it just to listen to Justino Diaz' voice and his amazing acting skills. What a delight.