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"Full of pace and energy... Eamonn Walker brings to Othello dignity, grace and a fine sense of the contradiction that leads Othello to lament the pity of it even as he prepares to murder Desdemona" THE GUARDIAN
"Walker cuts a charismatic and brooding figure. He charts the hero's descent into murderous jealousy with a vivid physicality... Zoë Tapper (Desdemona) is enchanting". THE INDEPENDENT
The seriously disturbed side of Tim McInnerny's lago is riveting, with his pushiness morphing, in soliloquies, into a manic fury." THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
"The play suits the Globe better than any I've seen." TIME OUT
"Desdemona is perfection, the best I have ever seen. Tim McInnerny has been brilliantly cast as lago." OBSERVER
Bianca: Zawe Ashton
Cassio: Nick Barber
Aemelia: Lorraine Burroughs
Rodorgio: Sam Crane
Montano: Nigel Hastings
Clown: Paul Lloyd
Lago: Tim McInnerny
Duke of Venice: Jonathan Newth
Gratiano: Michael Taibi
Desdemona: Zoë Tapper
Lodovico: Dickon Tyrell
Senator / Soldier: Che Walker
Othello: Eamonn Walker
Director: Wilson Milam
Designer: Dick Bird
Composer: Stephen Warbeck
This production of OTHELLO was first performed at Shakespeare"s Globe Theatre, London on 4th May 2007. Recorded live.
Luckily, the cast is up to the challenge of performing this well-known known tragedy, and that is the most compelling reason to sit down with Kultur's DVD edition, which presents a previously televised presentation. Eamonn Walker (Duma) has played the role of Othello a number of times, and his performance is fiery and competent. The actor brings dignity, grace, and the perfect energy to make you believe in the Moor's dilemma, which forces him into a murderous, jealous rage. Character actor Tim McInnerny (The Black Adder) makes Iago appropriately evil and maniacal. Zoe Tapper (The Last Van Helsing) is visually stunning as well as earnest as the doomed Desdemona. The actors make the verses move quickly, and they all have a nice intense energy that suits this staging.
It's nice to see Othello performed without any gimmicks or stunt casting. Theatre fans and Shakespeare aficionados will be satisfied and pleased with this primal staging at a historic location. Anyone hoping for spectacle or reinvention won't find any of that in director Wilson Milam's traditional interpretation. You can see the audience reacting to the production thanks to the three-quarter thrust nature of the Globe's stage, and you feel as if you are in Stratford right along with the ticket buyers. Othello contains a strong cast performing a classic tragedy, and for those reasons, it's a fine DVD to connect with the Bard's work --DVD Verdict, Judge Brett Cullum
Kultur is dedicated to bringing great performances of international opera, ballet, and theater to DVD and only a churl would ask them to ever cease doing just that. I will always remember with great affection the countless hours of pleasure they have given not only me, but so many of my friends and acquaintances as well. Anyone seeking a bit of culture in their living room as a relief from nothing but movies embraces Kultur's passion. If one doesn't hold a special place in his or her heart for this vast display of artistic achievement, then one should. --Harvey Perr, Stage and Cinema
Recorded for television on 4 May 2007 at the live production from The Globe, this particular production of Othello translates well to its DVD format with crisp, warm color and camera angles that capture stage action and reaction along with appropriately timed close-ups.
While Eamonn Walker's portrayal of Othello is mesmerizing, Tim McInnerny's Iago is the maliciously merry ringleader of the production's antics. Innerny s Iago impresses the point that the villain of the piece is as equally important to the play as its title character, a sharp contrast to Walker's Othello. Both actors take command of the stage when they re on it, complimenting one another's characterization greatly.
Innerny (best known for his role in television s Black Adder) seems to relish Iago's interaction with the audience, casting sneering glances and smirking at those in attendance as he lets them in on his dastardly plots and schemes. He makes Shakespeare's soulless opportunist loathsomely likeable, particularly in his scenes manipulating the foolish Roderigo (Sam Crane, who plays the role with a foppish flair). When Iago tells Roderigo to 'put money in thy purse', his speech manages to combine comedy with a malicious underlying intent. Similarly, he's a hoot when mocking Cassio (Nick Barber)'s vaguely narcissistic mannerisms. Innerny's Iago revels in his remorselessness, making it clear to the audience that he sees nothing wrong with affecting the lives of others to twist the situation to his advantage.
On the flipside, Eamonn Walker delivers no less of an outstanding performance as Othello. The Globe Theatre production of Othello isn't the first time Walker has stepped into the role, having played a modernized version of the character in an ITV1 film.
Walker's Othello is both regal and physically imposing. The actor's raspy voice lends itself to the Moor's initially calm and eloquent manner, holding his ground with dignity, genuine emotion, and grace in the face of Brabantio (John Stahl)'s rage. Although it's a small part, Stahl's characterization of Desdemona's father is memorable. Transforming the character from its typical interpretation as a sad, old man into an outraged if not double-standard bearing racist father at odds with his daughter.
Brabantio, and others, seem to lead the charge in the process of dehumanizing Othello, finding it hard to believe him capable of kindness. Walker's interaction as Othello with Zoë Tapper's stellar portrayal of a strong, yet sweet natured Desdemona as a pair of blissful newlyweds proves this otherwise, the actors showcasing believable tenderness in their scenes together.
Milam's interpretation of Othello, although more than relevant to the unspoken racial tensions of the present day, manages to pull off an authentic replication of 16th century Venice and Cypress with costuming that while not terribly elaborate, is no less beautiful and true to the period. His direction makes use of the massive pillars of the Globe theatre's stage set up to punctuate the dialogue. A sparse catalogue of props: a table, two benches, one stool, and one bed adequately keeps the focus on the top notch acting of the cast. An effort of pure passion by the director and cast, during the readings, various quartos and folios were used to create this interpretation seen here. Each cast member enjoyed different readings and rallied to get theirs incorporated into the final interpretation seen here. --Pop-Matters.com
The live setting of the production, complete with audience members, makes this film truly delightful.
The choreography is amazing, as are the dancers - Yuan Yuan Tan and Desmond Richardson, who created the role of Othello, especially stood out.
Zoe Tapper is amazing as Desdemona - beautiful and with a clear voice that makes her lines easy to follow.
Wonderful version of Othello! I use it in my classroom, and the kids really enjoy it!Published 4 months ago by Stephanie Anderson
We studied Shakespeare in class (my students range from 7th to 11th grade) and read Othello. The movie followed suit very well to the actual play and it helped the students... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Van
We saw Othello from the first row center in the San Francisco Opera House when it was first performed. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Amazon Junkie
The dancing is spectacular, and the plot captures the attention. The ending is shocking and leaves the viewer speechless. The music, however, is dreadful. Read morePublished on August 31, 2012 by Rena J. Barrett
Eamonn Walker is a magnificent Othello. Powerfully built with the strong, masculine presence that the character of Othello requires, Walker also has a beautifully emotive face, and... Read morePublished on June 10, 2012 by Cyn
I saw the production at the Globe. As an actor, director and theatre teacher, I have been involved with several productions of Othello. Read morePublished on May 11, 2012 by Lady P
As a teacher, I find this live taped production of OTHELLO wonderful! My students are enraptured by the performances. Read morePublished on January 25, 2012 by Franklin716
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