Shakespeare's Staging
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Othello: Laurence Olivier

Othello: Laurence Olivier

This scene at the start of Act 2 brillianty exp[oits the play’s range of characters and attitudes. It begins the tight sequence in Cyprus, which closely matches the requirement of the Neoclassical Unities of Time Space, and Action. The film is based closely on Olivier’s much-praised stage production of Othello, but it now arouses bitter reactions because the close-ups stress the grotesqueness of Olivier’s “black-face” and his distasteful  displays of “house-slave” servility. As a result it has become almost mandatory to cast African Americans in the role, a preference begun much earlier with Paul Robeson.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 09:32 Read : 224 times
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