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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

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Laurence FishburneOthello
Irène JacobDesdemona
Kenneth BranaghIago
Nathaniel ParkerMichael Cassio
Michael MaloneyRoderigo
Anna PatrickEmilia
Nicholas FarrellMontano
Michael SheenLodovico
Gabriele FerzettiDuke of Venice

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Oliver Parker
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 125 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 15, 1995
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 18, 2000
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