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Actor Oliver Parker made his directorial debut with this adaptation of the tragic play by William Shakespeare that abridges the original text by half and ups the quotient of sex and violence. Laurence Fishburne stars as the Moorish general Othello, who returns a hero after crushing an invasion attempt by the Turkish army near Cyprus. Pledged to marry the lovely Desdemona (Irene Jacob), Othello ignores the advice of his intended's father, who tells him that she may have a deceptive nature. Othello's aide Iago (Kenneth Branagh), jealous over the elevation of his rival, Cassio (Nathaniel Parker, the director's real-life brother) to lieutenant, begins scheming to make Othello believe that Desdemona and Cassio are carrying on an affair. On the slimmest of evidence, Iago manages to manipulate Othello's suspicious, distrustful nature. Played previously in black face on film by actors Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier, Parker's production of Othello (1995) was the first major cinematic production to cast an African-American in the title role. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Screen Actors Guild Kenneth Branagh Best Supporting Actor 1995 Nominee

Cast

Laurence Fishburne
as Othello
Irène Jacob
as Desdemona
Kenneth Branagh
as Iago
Nathaniel Parker
as Cassio
Michael Maloney
as Roderigo
Anna Patrick
as Emilia
Nicholas Farrell
as Montano
Philip Locke
as 1st Senator
Indra Ové
as Bianca
John Savident
as 2nd Senator
Michael Sheen
as Lodovico
Pierre Vaneck
as Ferzetti Brabantio
Gabriele Ferzetti
as The Duke of Venice
John Savident
as 2nd Senator
Michael Sheen
as Lodovico
Philip Locke
as 1st Senator
Pierre Vaneck
as Ferzetti Brabantio
Indra Ové
as Bianca
Nicholas Farrell
as Montano

Crew

Oliver Parker
Director
David Barron
Producer
Luc Roeg
Producer
William Shakespeare
Play Author
Oliver Parker
Screenwriter
Charlie Mole
Composer (Music Score)
Tony Lawson
Editor
Tim Harvey
Production Designer
Livia Borgognoni
Art Director
Desmond Crowe
Art Director
Jonathan Olsberg
Executive Producer
Caroline Harris
Costume Designer
Peter Glossop
Sound/Sound Designer
Simon Moseley
First Assistant Director
Luca Lachin
First Assistant Director
Debbie McWilliams
Casting
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