Superbly In Synch with Shakespeare

TITLE: OTHELLO

DIRECTOR AND ADAPTER: ORSON WELLES

THE BOTTOM LINE: Eccentric and wonderful, like its creator, this 1952 work ought to trigger further restorations of neglected Welles films

THE FIRST IMAGE OF THE TRAGEDY of Othello, the Moor of Venice -- the beautiful and delirious Orson Welles movie now spiffed up for its first U.S. engagement in 36 years -- shows Welles in blackface, upside down and dead. Even when he was a young man, a 25-year-old making something called Citizen Kane, the legendary actor-auteur enjoyed imagining himself as a corpse onscreen. It was his impudent prophecy: that he would soon...

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