and music presentation!
October 2003 in Tehran
1922 silent, black and white film directed by Dmirti
Buchowetzki with Emil Jannings as Othello. Loris Tjeknavorian
(1937) has based his ballet music "Othello"
(1984) to the 1922 film This is a project where a
live orchestra (The members of the Armenian Virtuosi,
string, wind, percussion and harp) accompanies the
movie under conductorship of Loris Tjeknavorian. It
will be premiered in Tehran in October 2003 . We would
like to present this exciting project also world-wide
at the festivals, arts, performance and university
series and other events.
ballet by Loris Tjeknavorian
Was originally staged by Northern Ballet, Manchester,
United Kingdom. The premier took place in London
in presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Ann
being performed by London Symphony Orchestra and
recorded by EMI in 1984.
[Othello], in two acts, makes use of simple catchy
tunes, generally repeated, sometimes with almost
hypnotic effect. Its chief virtue is the highly
colorful scoring" -
can believe with no doubt at all that in the context
of modern ballet (much more serious now, than before:
seldom today a divertimento) this Othello score
is enormously effective'' - Gramophone
great open-hearted love motif [is] bound to be adopted
... for someone's theme tune. It's almost a matter
of destiny" -
history is created... a masterpiece that should
receive instant worldwide acclaim and recognition"
- Mercury and Herald
B&W: Feature film
Directed by Dmitri
Cast: Emil Jannings
[Othello], Werner Krauss [Iago], Ica von Lenkeffy
[Desdemona], Theodor Loos [Cassio], Lya de Putti
[Emilia], Friedrich Kuhne [Brabantio], Magnus
Stifter [Montano], Ferdinand von Alten [Rodrigo].
Scenario by Dmitri
Buchowetzki, from the play Othello by William
Art direction by Fritz
Kraenke and Karl Machus.
Karl Hasselmann and Friedrich Paulmann.
Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format.
The film was released in the USA by Export-Import
Film Company (Ben Blumenthal) in 1923.
Genre: Drama, Silent,
Stage Play, Vintage, Tragedy, Character Study,
A German silent adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy
about a man who "loved not wisely, but too
well" -- and so is duped by his evil aide into
thinking that his wife has been unfaithful.
As war between Venetians and the Turks rages in
the 16th century, Othello (Jannings) weds the beautiful
Desdemona and promotes Cassio over his longtime
assistant, Iago (Kraus). Othello prepares to celebrate
his marriage, but Iago -- furious over Othello's
snub -- has dastardly plans in store for his employer.
Iago begins to poison Othello's mind against Desdemona,
claiming that she's having an affair with Cassio;
he even manages to produce "proof" of
the infidelity. It doesn't take long for the jealous
general to start believing Iago's allegations, and
he winds up on the path of destruction.
Shakespeare's tragedy proves remarkably versatile
in this 1922 adaptation, combining the Bard's
passionate melodrama with the rich psychological
underpinnings of Germany's silent expressionist
cinema. Directed with intelligent economy by Russian
expatriate Dimitri Buchowetzki, the film is brimming
over with title cards, but only a few of them
borrow from Shakespeare verbatim. In both plotting
and written dialogue, this is a largely original
interpretation, bearing closer resemblance to
the 2001 teen drama O than to Shakespeare, emphasizing
the ill-fated Moor's descent into jealousy and
madness, brought upon him by the scheming Iago,
played with delicious villainy by Werner Krauss
of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari fame. As Othello,
the legendary Emil Jannings plays to the cheap
seats with crazed abandon, his bulging eyes about
to burst from their sockets. It's the showmanship
of a stage icon, but wholly appropriate to the
escalating intensity of Shakespeare's play, the
essence of which is admirably retained.
opera based to Shahnameh by
Ferdowsi to be premiered
in January 2004 in Iran.