From the beginning, when he comes on, twisting his wedding ring as he speaks, this Othello looks both physically confident and mildly surprised by his good fortune. Insecure in civilian society, he wraps himself in the security blanket of grandiloquent rhetoric and is more in love with the idea of being loved by a white girl than in love with Desdemona. Christopher Oram has created, with beautiful economy, a series of interiors and exteriors expressing both comfort and decay. He is distinguished, gifted, loveable. Grandage is alive to the fact that uncontrolled rage is profoundly uninteresting to watch: Please fill out this field with valid email address. The production subsequently appeared as a recording for radio, broadcast on 4 May on BBC Radio 3.
Is this feature helpful? He is the embodiment of generosity, enthralled by military adventures and travel, by Desdemona’s tenderness, and by Iago’s subtle persuasions. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Iago, meanwhile, is an ill-favoured, impotent, repressed homosexual. It’s extraordinary what Reilly does with Desdemona, whose role is pivotal but who is short on words. Christopher Oram has created, with beautiful economy, a series of interiors and exteriors expressing both comfort and decay. A boyish, bearded Ewan McGregor brings an easy affability to the public side of the role for once, you can understand why everyone is prepared to place their trust in him and he drops the mask in order to assume a slightly louche, though insufficiently unsettling, intimacy with the audience in the soliloquies.
There is a lofty chamber suggested by light falling through a wrought-iron window, but there is also a crumbling frieze of masonry at the top of the stage, while the murky waters of Venice are conjured up in a stream through which Iago sloshes his boots.
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As Tibalt, John is amazing. It might only happen two or three times in our entire lives.
I’ve never seen anything like that before or since. You’d think this would make a void. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Insecure in civilian society, he wraps himself in the security blanket of grandiloquent rhetoric and is more in love with the idea of being loved by a white girl than in love with Desdemona.
It’s all done with the eyes by the two young genius actors, combined with inspired camera work and the devastating vocal performance of Des’ree. The stage is given over to them, commanded by Reilly’s dissolving heroine, and Emilia’s bitter, prophetic insights into treacherous husbands. It is, apart from anything else, hard to work out the actual intelligence of our hero.
If emotions boil over, tension evaporates. Constantly hinting at but never revealing his full power until the final scene makes it all the more astonishing when his emotions reach boiling point. I consider myself a purist where the Bard of Avon is concerned.
There are elegant still lives: Advertise About Tips Contact Us. They would give up on this edition. It is a masterpiece.
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Get this audiobook plus a second, free. The detail of Grandage’s production makes it dknmar. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. But in his Shakespearean debut, such minute control of moment and language comes as a surprise. Skip to content Cassio Donmar Warehouse 4 December – 23 February The production subsequently appeared as a recording for radio, broadcast on 4 May on BBC Radio 3 Defying society in order to pursue her heart, Desdemona marries Othello, a Moorish General, and follows him to Cyprus where he must repel the threat of Turkish invasion.
The cynical view is that Othello is a fit of murderous jealousy waiting to happen.
Please try again later. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Ejiofor moves as if his limbs have become sluggish. We, as a class, will read a portion of the play and then I will show this film to help cement ideas, dialogue, and characters. Warrehouse Video Verified Purchase. Beautifully lit so that some of the scenes seem to have been painted by Titian, this sparely staged production is revelatory in the way it knocks for six such a mean-minded interpretation.
But he’s careful, too: Period costumes, true to Shakespeare’s lines, etc. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.
Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Tom Hiddleston’s doleful Cassio and Edward Bennett’s comic Roderigo light up parts of the play which are often holding operations.
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It is truly painful when in the course of the play he becomes weighed down with grief and suspicion: Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Arkangel Shakespeare Audible Audiobook.
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