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Synopsis
Retelling of Othello for a contemporary audience, with a teenage cast and set in a high school. A young man becomes blinded with jealousy and rage when his friend captains the basketball team instead of him. The film often crudely paraphrases Shakespeare’s lines and there is not enough at stake to reach tragic intensity.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2001
Duration
95 mins
Availability
OUT OF DISTRIBUTION

Credits

Cinematographer
Russell Lee Fine
Art Direction
Jack Ballance
Cast
Andrew KeeganMichael Cassio
Rain PhoenixEmily (Emilia)
Elden HensonRoger Rodriguez (Roderigo)
John HeardDean Brable (Brabantio)

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Othello
Subjects
Drama; Literature
Keywords
film adaptations; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Teen movie

Notes

Notes
The 2-disc DVD includes the theatrical trailer, director’s commentary, interviews with the cast, deleted scenes, basketball analysis and Dmitri Buchowetski’s OTHELLO (1922).
History
The film’s release was delayed by almost two years following the distributor’s fears that the scenes of gun violence in a high school setting would draw parallels to the Columbine massacre which occurred while the film was being edited.
Reviews
Brown, Eric C. ‘Cinema in the Round: ‘Self-Reflexivity in Tim Blake Nelson’s O’ in Almost Shakespeare: Reinventing His Works for Cinema and Television’ edited James R. Keller and Leslie Stratyner. Jefferson, NC: McFarland &Co 2004. pp 73-85. For an analysis of the marketing campaign behind the film see Emma French, Selling Shakespeare to Hollywood: The Marketing of Filmed Shakespeare Adaptations from 1999 into the New Millennium (Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire Press, 2006), pp. 123-129.

Production Company

Name

Chickie the Cop

Distributor

Name

Metrodome Distribution

Notes
Specialist distributor of quality, independent films, both theatrically and subsequently on DVD. DVD releases include new films, classic cinema, documentaries, animation, stage adaptations, television programming and historical drama. NB. Metrodome Distribution went into administration in 2016

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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