Buy “Othello Laurence Fishburne, Kenneth Branagh, Irne Jacob, Nathaniel Parker, Michael Maloney, Anna Patrick, Nicholas Farrell, Indra Ov, Michael Sheen, Andr Oumansky, Philip Locke, John Savident, David Johnson, Oliver Parker, Tony Lawson, David Barron, Jonathan Olsberg, Luc Roeg, William Shakespeare Movies & TV” Online


The main strength of this film version of Shakespeare’s "Othello, the Moor of Venice" is its acting performances. Lawrence Fishburne conveys the complex naivete (Is that an oxymoron?) of the title character, and Irene Jacob radiates the innocence and beauty one associates with Desdemona. However, the best acting performance of all is Kenneth Branagh as Iago. His performance, more than anything else, makes this version compelling if flawed. Many have argued (as I would) that the play really is more about Iago than Othello, and Branagh’s performance really is the emotional center of this film. Whether or not the director intended it that way, I don’t know. But it really is the best thing about this film. My main criticism of this version is that I got the feeling, at times, that the director was trying to make a noir melodrama. At least, that’s what the cinematography, lighting and time can make it seem. Sometimes I wondered whether the director trusted the emotional power of the play or the actors’ performances, which are more than enough to make this film worth watching–and the reasons why I’ve shown it to several of my classes. Check it out!

Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of jealousy, deceit, conspiracy, & murder. Othello’s great love for Desdemona proves to be too much to bear.Genre: Feature Film-DramaRating: RRelease Date: 18-JAN-2000Media Type: DVD




Othello Review


This is a complex tragedy about revenge and jealousy. Othello is a general and celebrated leader who passes over Iago for promotion in favor of Cassio, an honorable lieutenant. Iago seeks revenge by telling Brabantio, Othello’s boss,that he has tricked his daughter into marrying him. They all meet and Othello and Desdemona tells her father that they married for love. they are believed and Iago seks another way to destroy Othello. This time Iago tells Othello that his wife is involved with Cassio. Othello foolishly believes this lie and kills his wife. Later Othello learns that Iago lied, and broken in heart and shame, he commits suicide. This play is well produced and acted with Lawrence Fishbourne in the lead role. this is a multi-layered tragedy. Othello is a moor- black, and Desdemona is white, and while I was reading I thought about that famous football player. Richard Shaw is the author of Writing As Consolation (Audible. Com. -Read Reviews-

My sophomore English class studied Othello (they loved it!). The movie is closely aligned to the play, however, there are a few scenes that were inserted by the director or where he took artistic liberties. As a follow up to the study of the play, it was a great supplementary piece (and the most recent film and the only one where Othello is of African decent and not a white man in black face).

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