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Othello

Synopsis
Feature film version of the play by first-time director, Oliver Parker. The film was marketed as ‘an erotic thriller’ and Fishbourne, although physically powerful, fails to speak his lines with fluidity and understanding. Branagh, as Iago, is left to deliver the verse direct to camera in many close-ups.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film; Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1995
Duration
123 mins; 11,107 feet
Availability
Hire (Filmbank) Sale (retail)

Credits

Cinematographer
David Johnson (2)
Screenplay
Oliver Parker
Music
Charlie Mole
Costume
Caroline Harris
Art Direction
Tim Harvey
Contributor
Russell Jackson
Cast
Anna PatrickEmilia
Indra OveBianca
John SavidentSenator
Martin SheenLodovico
Michael MaloneyRoderigo
Nicholas FarrellMontano
P VaneckBrabantio

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Historical period
16th Century
Plays
Othello
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
drama in English; performances; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Estimated budget $11,000,000.
Figures
Gross $2,112,951 USA (IMDb 2005). c£900,000 UK,
Reviews
Reviewed by Geoffrey Macnab in Sight and Sound, Vol 6, No 2 (2/96), pp 51-52.

Production Company

Name

Dakota Films

Name

Imminent Films

Distributor (Hire)

Name

Filmbank Distributors Ltd

Email
info@filmbank.co.uk
Web
http://www.filmbank.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7984 5950
Fax
020 7984 5951
Address
Warner House
98 Theobalds Road
London
WC1X 8WB
Notes
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Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company, Mail Order

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk/buyonline/shopping/index.asp?category=65&sessionid=958647199122126557164598758&deptnum=2 External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 748114
Fax
01789 748115
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
Warwickshire
CV37 6B
Name

Warner Home Video

Web
http://www.warnerbros.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7984 6400
Fax
020 7984 5001
Address
98 Theobold’s Road
London
WC1X 8WB

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