Othello (1995)

BB.5

(out of 5)


Director Oliver Parker faithfully adapts much of Shakespeare’s original dialogue in this adaptation of the Bard’s play about the titular Moor, but his staging and direction is uneven and dull.  (the first actor to portray the role in a film version without a painted face) is excellent in the lead role, a man who is undone by his trust towards his closest friend Iago (). Iago decides in a fit of jealousy to turn Othello against his own wife Desdemona (), convincing him that the faithful wife is actually a deceitful adulteress. Tragedy of course ensues, though it’s not nearly as juicy or enjoyable as it should be.


Castle Rock Entertainment, Dakota Films, Imminent Film Productions

USA/United Kingdom, 1995

Directed by

Screenplay by Oliver Parker, based on the play by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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