The work of these restorers-adulterators of Othello is really dreadful. Comparing between the 1952 and 1992 soundracks shows how much the second is more dolby-stifled in music, lacks in terms of clearness, is heavy altered in mixing: now, in spite of Welles intentions, the dialogue predominates over the music, foley sounds are badly rerecorded and remodelled etc. And the scene of Desdemona's death is one in which the heavy "Pendowski's touch", even without help of any tv in background (that I can't hear in my old vhs of the 1992 edition), is enough to smash down the equilibrium of Lavagnino's score and Welles original mixing. As Tony says, Francois Thomas report about that disastrous operation ("La tragédie d'Othello", in "Positif", june 1996). Anyway, I don't know at all the 1955 american version, neither, of course, the further "NJ variant" of that one. At least six versions of Othello seems to be - or have been - in existence.
1) The italian dubbed print, screened at première in Barberini cinema in Rome (november 29, 1951) and now in italian Cineteca Nazionale (also with 2.000 meters of moroccan rushes, the "Othello Doubles" , finded out in 1994). In the opening titles, the reported musical conductor is not Willy Ferrero but Franco Ferrara, who actually will work with Lavagnino in Mambo (Rossen) or Tutti a casa (Comencini). A misprint or what?
2) The english spoken print, that won the Cannes Festival, identical to 1).
3) Another english spoken print, different from the above mentioned; Welles was working about that in prevision of Cannes, but, unsatisfied and lacking of time, he decided at the end to show the 2)
4) The american 1955 print, redubbed, reedited and resynchronized - in one word, "manipulated" - by Welles itself mostly in the first 30 venetian minutes (precise references on changes and modifications are provided by Francois Thomas).
5) The New Jersey print, the variant overrided by the roadroller of "restaurators" Saks & Co., more different than 4) from european 1952 version (see F.T. study in Positif for references).
6) The tragically restored 1992 print.