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Re: Modern Othello on Masterpiece Theatre
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2844  Friday, 14 December 2001

From:           Don Bloom <
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Date:           Thursday, 13 Dec 2001 13:43:37 -0600
Subject: 12.2822 Re: Modern Othello on Masterpiece Theatre
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2822 Re: Modern Othello on Masterpiece Theatre

Janet OKeefe quoting the WGBH blurb:

>> . . . .Othello has all the sex, corruption, and betrayal of the
> > original, translated to a completely convincing modern setting -- New
> > Scotland Yard in the era of race riots, neo-Nazis, and political spin."

I guess I missed it again. Somehow, *Othello* has always appeared to me
to be notably lacking in sex and corruption compared to many of WS's
works. Of course, wherever Iago walks those aspects enter in, along with
the betrayal that's the subject of the play. But the rest of the cast
has seemed rather straight-arrow. In fact, I've always assumed that Iago
succeeds because the rest of the characters are in general so decent and
honorable.

But then, I missed the race riots, neo-Nazis and political spin, too.

Cheers,
don

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