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Othello in Cinema

Othello has always been my favorite of Shakespeare’s plays, partly because the taboo of race and romance, no matter how far the world has come in terms of its outlook, will always exist.  For my final project, I wanted to examine how the cinemas of various eras and nations have interpreted Othello, and how the tragedy transcends cinematic genres.  Enjoy.

DISCLAIMER: None of the images used in the slideshow are mine.  Links to their sources are given below.

http://prezi.com/emugk0ep7pap/othello-in-film/

(Oh, and the other reason I like Othello is Iago — how could you have a more twisted villain than a villain who never lies and never actually does anything except poke at people’s insecurities?  BRILLIANT.)

SOURCES

References

Henderson, Diana E. A concise companion to Shakespeare on screen. Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing, 2006.

Rothwell, Kenneth S. A history of Shakespeare on screen: a century of film and television. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001.

 

Image Sources

Othello, German silent film

http://brushupyourshakespeare.blogspot.com/2011/02/film-othello-1922-emil-jannings-werner.html

Yutkevich’s Othello

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.observador.de/Fotos/Kino/6-Meisterwerke/1-25/Yutkevich-Othello.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.observador.de/Seiten/Observador-Kino-Film-Lexikon-01.html&usg=__QhOyFT0J0e6MvPYzaTm8D7lEI_A=&h=355&w=474&sz=27&hl=en&start=0&sig2=R5CtDwZ0tMSMOHvMHLiadw&zoom=1&tbnid=8RumrJtr3ucTOM:&tbnh=131&tbnw=174&ei=VeuBTaXjN4HIrQev9vHPCA&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dyutkevich%2Bothello%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1280%26bih%3D591%26gbv%3D2%26tbs%3Disch:1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=918&vpy=89&dur=632&hovh=194&hovw=259&tx=124&ty=107&oei=VeuBTaXjN4HIrQev9vHPCA&page=1&ndsp=22&ved=1t:429,r:5,s:0

Othello by Orson Welles

http://www.mardecortesbaja.com/blog/OrsonWelles/_archives/2008/3

All Night Long (movie poster)

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_qGP5rwGa2cw/TP1TfakyxiI/AAAAAAAAAC0/0YeN4GDAqoQ/s1600/allnightlong00.jpg

Olivier’s Othello (movie poster)

http://www.cqout.com/item.asp?id=8708520

McGoohan’s Catch My Soul

http://www.impawards.com/1974/catch_my_soul.html

Othello, the Black Commando

http://www.twistedanger.com/index.php?a=dvd&cat=1&dvd=247

Trevor Nunn’s Othello

http://www.image-entertainment.com/film.asp?ProjectID={C692619F-D170-4384-8EA8-9C0200CC1CD4}&ProductID={B46F547B-4179-4844-A6E0-9C0200CD9A37}

Oliver Parker’s Othello

http://www.impawards.com/1995/othello.html

Kaliyattam

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kaliyattam.jpg

Tim Blake Nelson’s O

http://www.signis.net/malone/tiki-index.php?page=O%2F%20US%202001&refresh=1&PHPSESSID=8b8f2d58f974c5504e6d2478ca37f799

Omkara

http://www.bollym4u.com/omkara.html&imgurl=http://www.bollym4u.com/omkara.jpg&ei=He6BTe6-BorNrQekk93LCA&zoom=1&w=548&h=721&iact=hc&oei=He6BTe6-BorNrQekk93LCA&page=1&tbnh=154&tbnw=117&start=0&ndsp=19&ved=1t:429,r:13,s:0&biw=1280&bih=591

Jarum Halus

http://christiennew.com/?page_id=2

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