Sunday, September 6, 2009

Othello (1965): Laurence Olivier & Maggie Smith

We'll be discussing film adaptations and performances of Othello in class on Tuesday. Please take a look at this 10-minute clip of the play's final scene (Act 5, scene 2) from a 1965 performance with Laurence Olivier as Othello in blackface and Maggie Smith as Desdemona (a.k.a. Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter). How does it compare to the 1995 version with Laurence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh that you saw in class (& will hopefully watch at one of your HUST club events soon)?

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