Orson Welles' Newly Restored 'Othello' Filmed as a classical tragedy, Orson Welles Othello is a tale of passion, jealousy and murder. Welles believed so much in this project that he financed the production, which was shot over several years across multiple locations including Italy and Morocco. In the title role, Welles shows us a man who has fought many wars but stillmaintains a princely disposition. As Desdemona, Suzanne Cloutier is guileless but strong enough to have wanted and pursued the Moor. She alone is accused of pretending to be what she is not, and her openness makes her suspect in a world where few appear to be as they are. In a rare filmed role, Micheál MacLiammór excels as the diabolical Iago, a master of manipulating appearances and devoid of any motive save pure evil. The journey between heaven and hell concludes with the exposure of both Iago s scheme and the tragedy of Othello, who ultimately could not believe in the purity of his wife.