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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Othello: Black Commando (1982)

TitleOthello: Black Commando
MediumColor video
Length1 hrs, 43 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsOthello (derivative)


The film "updates" the Bard's Moor of Venice by making him over into an American mercenary in Africa who falls in love with the daughter of a U.S. senator. Beethoven symphonic scores are on the sound track

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

OthelloMax H. Boulois
CassioRamiro Oliveros
IagoTony Curtis
DesdemonaJoanna Pettet

Production Team and Crew Overview

ProducerMax H. Boulois
ProducerMaría J. Gonzalez
EditorAntonio Gimeno
MusicLudwig Von Beethoven
Director of PhotographyMax H. Boulois
CameraDomingo Solano

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell