Literature Ia

Topics: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio Pages: 5 (1929 words) Published: May 5, 2013
Starring Laurence Fishburne, Olive Parker’s 1995 rendition of the romantic, tragedy Othello, is an accurate yet dramatic portrayal of William Shakespeare’s acclaimed masterpiece, “Othello.” Olive Parker artistically employs the use of cinematography, lighting manipulation, and sound effects at necessary scenes, which lends a breath of life to a classic play. According to the critic Rita Kempley in the Washington Post, “this adaption of Othello allows us to judge for ourselves whether the Moor loved not wisely but too well.” Despite some variations, the film remains genuine to the play significant themes and conflicts and intricately shows the destructive nature of human conditions. Set in the city of Venice, the plot revolves around, the elopement of the Moor, Othello and his Venetian beauty Desdemona, whose relationship is ruined by Iago, who is not only envious of their love, but is angered that the position of lieutenancy that was given to the Florentine, Michael Cassio and not to himself. Infuriated by Othello’s actions, Iago embarks on a journey to seek vengeance for not appointing him the position of lieutenant and in the process manipulates various innocent characters to see the great, Othello fall. The film has proven to be an effective depiction of the play, staying true to Shakespeare’s vision, however, with some distinctions, to characters, scenes, and imagery, which heighten the interest of the viewer. Despite the changes in Parker’s interpretation, he surely captures the passion of Othello and later the monster which resides within him, the beauty and loyalty of his love Desdemona starred by Irene Jacob in stark contrast with, the human manifestation of Satan himself, the diabolical, Iago, portrayed by Kenneth Branagh and the adherent Michael Cassio captured by Nathaniel Parker. Furthermore, the set and costumes were equally accomplished which ensured all elements of the film flowed. The characters in the film “Othello,” lives up to Shakespeare’s characterization and diction on several bases. Shakespeare originally deems the character of Othello, to be valiant, passionate, and gullible and these qualities are especially reflected by Laurence Fishburne. The actor, brings the much needed, emotion required to fulfill the obligations of his character, as he bears his love to Desdemona, and expresses his admiration for her, as Shakespeare himself originally scripted. As Laurence Fishburne, portrays the softer side of his character to a great deal of accuracy, he also succumbs to his flaws, which led to his demise. Iago, who was aware that Othello felt like an outcast, within the Venetian city, fueled his insecurities about his relationship, knowledgeable that his age, social status and colour in comparison to Desdemona, made him feel inferior in every angle possible. This led Othello, to the path of self-destruction, as he transitioned from a courageous man, to a bitter, envious murder. In the end, Othello makes a self-fulfilling prophecy, as he was no longer in control of himself, but rather, by animosity, jealousy, betrayal, and in the end, he becomes the monster, he was deemed to be. Furthermore, in scenes whereby, there was monologue by Othello, Laurene Fishburne, voiced his thoughts with such urgency as if he were bearing his soul to the viewer which further adds to the interest to the film. Moreover, Oliver Parker’s Desdemona, portrayed by Irene Jacob, personifies what beauty should be not only in her phenotypical characteristics however, but also in her devotion to the people, she loves especially her husband, Othello as how Shakespeare intended the character should be. Shakespeare paints the image that Desdemona is so intoxicated with love for Othello and Irene Jacob captures this, as throughout the film, it was evident that she had admiration and passion in her eyes when she looked at him, and a venerability, shown through her body language when she was near to him. At first, Irene Jacob appears to be...
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