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The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice (1981)

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Othello, a Moorish general in the service of the Venetian state, is disdained for his race but valued for his military skills. He weds Desdemona in a mixed-race marriage that offends her ... See full summary »

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Othello, a Moorish general in the service of the Venetian state, is disdained for his race but valued for his military skills. He weds Desdemona in a mixed-race marriage that offends her father. Jealous of Othello's triumphs and high-standing, and suspicious that his commander may once have bedded his own wife, Othello's lieutenant Iago plots to sabotage Othello's career and marriage. He plants in Othello's mind the suspicion that Desdemona is unfaithful and provides false evidence of that infidelity. Though noble and initially trusting, Othello is led into a jealous rage that proves tragic for all involved. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Jenny Agutter is credited as such in the opening main titles and in the film's publicity, but credited as "Jennifer A. Agutter" in the closing credits. See more »

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Blacula does Shakespeare
16 May 2001 | by (northeastern PA) – See all my reviews

First off, let me say that I'm not an especially big fan of Shakespeare, at least not in the fashion that his works have typically been presented to me. I'm not one for gray Elizabethan pieces where characters spout ultra-flowery dialogue in the most voraciously melodramatic way possible. However, this videotaped play is compelling thanks to the commanding William Marshall as Othello. His rich, booming voice and towering presence make him perfect for the role. He displays every ounce of the classy magnetism that made him so unforgettable as Blacula--though, after seeing him in that film, his presence here may seem a little odd at first. The always-beautiful Jenny Agutter is a fine Desdemona, as well. While some of the supporting players seem to aimlessly flail and bellow away and chew the plywood scenery, these two leads excel and make the trip worthwhile.


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