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Othello 1995

From Amazon: Oliver Parker, a stage and film actor (Hellraiser), made his directorial debut with this scaled-back version of Shakespeare's play about the paranoid Moor, Othello (Laurence Fishburne), and his manipulative friend, Iago (Kenneth Branagh). Parker gets the story so lean he starts running a little short on the author's subtext, and if it's possible to overemphasize the banality of Iago's scheming and Othello's malleability, he does so. The director throws out what is universal in the story and makes it all seem merely ordinary, human, and unfortunate, which is the opposite of what watching Shakespeare should be. In the end, it's hard to...

Directed By:
Oliver ParkerOliver Parker
Written By:
Oliver ParkerOliver Parker
Laurence FishburneLaurence Fishburne
No image existsIrčne Jacob
Kenneth BranaghKenneth Branagh
No image existsNathaniel Parker
No image existsMichael Maloney
No image existsNicholas Farrell
Michael SheenMichael Sheen
No image existsAndre Oumansky
No image existsPhilip Locke
No image existsJohn Savident
No image existsGabriele Ferzetti
No image existsPierre Vaneck
No image existsIndra Ové
No image existsAnna Patrick

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Othello Movie Review by Jessica Film Junkie (3/16/2009)

As I am currently teaching this play I have had to watch the film a few times. Oliver Parker has chosen to remove many scenes from the original text that add substance and strength to the characters. Instead this film plays as Kenneth Branagh playing Iago and a bunch of other people in the background.

Yes, the play is...

(complete Othello review by Jessica Film Junkie)

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