Anchise Brizzi


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Othello (1952) - Open, Funeral The opening as the writer, director and star wanted it, not from the Shakespeare, without dialogue, Orson Welles in the title role at his own funeral, which is also that of his wife Desdemona (Suzanne Cloutier), with the villain Iago (Michael MacLiammoir) in a cage, in Othello, 1952.
Othello (1952) - There Was Once In Venice Framed by his own funeral, the writer director and star Orson Welles narrates his own redaction from Shakespeare, introducing himself, his bride Desdemona (Suzanne Cloutier), and her hapless suitor Roderigo (Robert Coote) with treacherous Iago (Michael MacLiammoir), in Othello 1952.
Othello (1952) - It Is The Green-Eyed Monster Returned from war and manipulated by his evil aide Iago (Michael MacLiammoir), Orson Welles (writer, director and star, as Shakespeare’s Moorish Venetian general) reluctantly begins to doubt the fidelity of his wife Desdemona (Suzanne Cloutier), in Othello, 1952.
Othello (1952) - My Heart Upon My Sleeve Orson Welles (writer, director and Shakespeare’s title character) and Desdemona (Suzanne Cloutier) face anger over their now-public marriage, as he prepares to leave Venice for military duty, his aide Iago (Michael Macliammoir), with Roderigo (Robert Coote), secretly furious, in Othello, 1952.
Black Magic (1949) - His Cunning Gypsy Mind We know from narration (by Berry Kroeger as Alexandre Dumas) that gypsy Balsamo (Orson Welles) is a prodigiously gifted hypnotist, seen here just after he’s been discovered and bailed out of a Vienna jail by the professionally interested Dr. Mesmer (Charles Goldner), in Black Magic, 1949.
Black Magic (1949) - He Hypnotized Half The World! Producer Edward Small wringing every drop of historical gravitas from his even-then out-of-copyright literary source, Gregory Ratoff directing Berry Kroeger and Raymond Burr as Dumas père and fils, opening Black Magic, 1949, starring Orson Welles.
Black Magic (1949) - The Words Within Your Own Soul Now renowned throughout Europe, hypnotist “Cagliostro” (Orson Welles) has just recognized his parents’ murderer (Stephen Bekassy), who needs him to revive catatonic Lorenza (Nancy Guild), in whose flashback we meet handsome Gilbert (Frank Latimore), Gregory Ratoff directing, in Black Magic, 1949.
Black Magic (1949) - Long Live Cagliostro! Gifted gypsy Balsamo (Orson Welles) has just learned that his powers of hypnotism will have great currency in European society, his crew (Akim Tamiroff, Valentina Cortese) enthralled as Berry Kroeger in the voice of Alexandre Dumas narrates his ascendance, in Black Magic, 1949.
Black Magic (1949) - An Insolent, Devil May Care Vagabond Berry Kroeger narrates as Alexandre Dumas père, introducing Orson Welles as the adult gypsy Balsamo, his mystical powers established in prologue, Akim Tamiroff his sidekick in a Vienna medicine show, the actor-turned-director Gregory Ratoff in charge, in producer Edward Small’s Black Magic, 1949.

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