Tuesday, September 27, 2011


1995, 2 hours

Othello is played for the first time by an Afro American and Iago by Branagh. I think Ian McKellan's version is the best I have seen. Branagh fails to deliver the grandeur of distilled evil which is Iago's essence. Laurence Fishburn's adds little to the Q of Othellos except his color--Shakespeare never wrote to be underplayed or without gusto. But this is an adequate and enjoyable re-reading of the text if lacking in much brilliance or innovation or interpretation of it's own, an old wine in the same bottle.

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