Othello is a 1965 film adaptation of Shakespeare's classic play directed by Stuart Burge. Against her father Brabantio's (Anthony Nicholls) wishes, the beautiful Desdemona (Maggie Smith) marries black Othello (Laurence Olivier), who is a mighty army general and governor of Cyprus. Iago (Frank Finlay), an officer in the army, secretly hates Othello for skipping over him and instead appointing Cassio (Derek Jacobi) to the post of lieutenant. He hatches a scheme to destroy Othello's happiness while dishonoring Cassio and Desdemona in the process. Iago encourages Cassio to severely injure Montano (Edward Hardwicke), another officer, and then flee to Desdemona for help getting back into Othello's good graces. With subtle trickery and smooth words, Iago makes Othello suspicious of his chaste wife's relationship with Cassio, creating circumstances that lead to a final explosive tragedy. Fans of Shakespeare will love this version of his play, which remains more true to his original plot than any of its other reproductions.