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19 Ratings


Directed by Franco Zeffirelli
Italy, United States, 1986
Drama, Musical


With only a few exceptions, the film follows the same plot as the opera. Iago plots and brings about Otello’s downfall by convincing him that his wife Desdemona is engaged in an affair with the young lieutenant Cassio, provoking Otello to murder her in a blind rage.

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Otello Directed by Franco Zeffirelli

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1987 | Nominee: Best Costume Design

National Board of Review

1986 | 2 wins including: Best Foreign Language Film

BAFTA Awards

1987 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

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