Internet Shakespeare Editions

Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Carnival (1921, Harley Knoles)

Release LocationsGB
DirectorHarley Knoles
MediumBlack & white video
Length48 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsOthello (derivative)


A prefiguration from the silent era of Men Are Not Gods and A Double Life. Essentially a back-stage plot in which real life actors playing Othello on stage find the Othello story mirrored in their own lives, with a potential for disastrous consequences. The film was made partly in London and partly in Venice and grew out of an earlier stage version presented at London's New Theatre

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

SimonettaHilda Bayley
OttaviaMaria De Bernaldo
LelioClifford Gray
Silvio StenoMatheson Lang
Count Andrea ScipioneIvor Novello

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorHarley Knoles
ProducerHarley Knoles
ScreenplayH. C. M. Hardinge
Adaptor/TranslatorRosina Henley
Adaptor/TranslatorAdrian Johnson
ScreenplayMatheson Lang
LightingPhilip Hatkin

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell