Othello

Title: Othello
Year: 1965
Director: Stuart Burge
Writer: William Shakespeare
Starring: Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Joyce Redman, Frank Finlay, Derek Jacobi
Music: Richard Hampton
Distinctions: Oscar nominations for Best Actor (Olivier), Best Supporting Actress (Smith), Best Supporting Actress (Redman) and Best Supporting Actor (Finlay)
Length: 165 minutes
Synopsis: a villain convinces his enemy that his wife is unfaithful
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), August 2008
Subjective Rating: 4/10 (Eh).
Objective Rating: 3/10 (gets points for characters, cinematography and acting) c. 2.1/4 (Okay).

It did the job – I wanted to see Othello performed, and that’s what this movie is: a performance of the play. But I don’t really care for the play, and they didn’t bring anything to it to change that. The acting is good, but not as great as you would hope given the cast, and not as engaging as what I imagined when I read it. I specifically rented this version because it’s the entire play, but this play just isn’t interesting enough to warrant filming the entire thing.

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