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*Othello* Film and Question
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0535.  Thursday, 6 July 1995.
 
From:           Robert Appelbaum <
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Date:           Wednesday, 5 Jul 1995 22:29:34 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Othello
 
So now it's official, according to today's paper.  Branaugh is Iago, for 11
million dollars, and Fishburne is Othello, probably for less.
 
I have not had the opportunity to see many performances of *Othello*, but I
have seen performances where the part of Othello was played strongly, and
performances where Iago was given a strong performance.  And I don't think I
have ever seen a performance where Othello and Iago were played equally
strongly.  Is that normal?  Is this play one person's story or another's, but
not both's?  Is that a director's decision, or an accident of talent?  Can two
equally strong actors and the right director remedy the problem?  Or is my own
limited experience creating a problem where none really exists?
 
I'd like to hear from some real theatergoers (and actors and directors) about
this.
 
        --Robert Appelbaum
 

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