The Moorish general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter ensign named Iago.

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Othello (voice)
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Iago (voice)
Philip Franks ...
Cassio (voice)
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Desdemona (voice)
Dinah Stabb ...
Emilia / Bianca (voice)
Terry Dauncey ...
Brabantio (voice)
Ivor Roberts ...
Duke / Lodovico (voice)
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Roderigo (voice)
Philip Bond ...
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The Moorish general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter ensign named Iago.

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14 December 1994 (UK)  »

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Narrator: In Venice, Othello the great general has married Desdemona. It was a private ceremony, only a few friends including his officer, Iago.
Iago, Othello's Ancient: I do hate him as I hate hell's pains. Oh you are well tuned now, but I'll set down the pegs that make this music, as honest as I am.
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A masterly compression
7 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

At their best, the Animated Shakespeare plays bring the essence of the dramas to a wider audience than might read them or see them in the theatre. Leon Garfield's screenplay, married to thrilling animation, voiced by fine actors, achieves such power that I'm amazed that this 'Othello', with its allusions to 'the beast with two backs' and Cassio's 'lying in or on Desdemona' got a 'U' certificate. Colin McFarlane is a great bull of a Moor, destroyed by a Hibernian matador - Gerald McSorley's brilliantly devious Iago. Sian Thomas is a poignant Desdemona and all the essential characters - Cassio, Emilia, Bianca, Brabantio, Roderigo are present and correct. After Welles' version this is the best screen adaptation I can recall. (I'm working my way through the 12 plays in the collection: the 'Macbeth' is as good as this.)


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