Internet Shakespeare Editions

Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Othello (1907, Oskar Messter)

Release LocationsGermany
DirectorOskar Messter
Play ConnectionsOthello (scene(s))


According to R.H. Ball, this film marked a primitive attempt at sound, as Henny Porten, the German film star, mimed for the camera "The death of Othello" from Verdi's opera. Meanwhile, backstage a phonograph record supplied the sound

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

OthelloFranz Porten
DesdemonaHenny Porten

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorOskar Messter

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell