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-Drama
Release Date: 18-JAN-2000
Media Type: DVD
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 care what these characters have done to one another. Branagh's Iago is a little flat and unfocused, while Fishburne is excellent as a quieter Othello than we're accustomed to. With Irène Jacob (Red) as Desdemona. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Branaugh's Iago is well-played in this version, and Fishburne does play moments of tortured jealousy quite well, however, Irene Jacob's Desdemona is so unbearably flat that I... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Terin
I would prefer it if the seller would mention that the DVD was a region 2 DVD. I couldn't play it in most of the DVD players I own. It arrived on time and as described. Read morePublished 5 months ago by darcy kirkham
Everyone who loves Shakespeare or is learning about Shakespeare should see this movie. I studied Shakespeare in College and wish I had seen this movie back then. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Demetrios Angelis
If you ever want to "show" somebody how wonderful Shakespeare can be, this is a GREAT mnovie to do it with! Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2009 by Murray Brown
i watched this movie in my English class because we have finished reading the book. i dont remember the movie because i was half asleep while watching it. Read morePublished on May 18 2005 by Matthew
For school I was required to watch this since we read the play Othello. I didn't think the movie was that good because some of the acting when it was supposed to be sad I was... Read morePublished on April 28 2004 by Glycerine
Poor Laurence Fishburne. I felt so sorry for him watching this movie because he gives a passionate and multi-dimensional performance as Othello and yet, no one else in the cast... Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2003 by Mathias
Watching this movie will prove the superb talents and versatility of Laurence Fishburn. So believable is he as the strong warrier, and yet so tender and deeply in love with his... Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2003 by Ginger
the only thing this version has on olivier's version is its natural setting. otherwise, all - and i do mean ALL - of the performances are decidedly inferior to the 1965 film. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2003