Internet Shakespeare Editions

Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Desdemona (1911, August Blom)

Release LocationsDenmark
DirectorAugust Blom
Length18 mins
Play ConnectionsOthello (derivative)


Professor Ball remarks that its innovative idea of modernizing the Othello story into a "scandal" film marked the end of the Film d'Art movement, which in the early silent days had insisted on sticking more or less faithfully to theatrical and literary representations of the Shakespearean text. The film in its concern with the collapse of firm demarcations between illusion and reality also prefigures such later re-inscriptions of Othello as George Cukor's 1947 A Double Life (446) starring Ronald Colman

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

Ejnar Lowe--OthelloValdemar Psilander
Maria Lowe--DesdemonaThyra Reimann
CastElse Frohlich
CastClara Pontopiddian

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorAugust Blom
ProducerOle Olsen

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell