It’s almost odd how I dislike Othello.  It almost has so many of my favorite things: Cyprus (there are some rattling tales to be told about those wars), battles, and galleons (at least I think they were, though they aren’t shown).

As it does fall out, it has a tantalizing background whilst a psycho-drama plays out in the foreground.  Then, too, there is rather more of coarse language in this play; drinking too, and a rather memorable drunk.  I somehow feel that this won’t go over well with many people; and after all, everyone knows, these days, that Falstaff is the funniest and most memorable toper that the Bard ever created.

Therefore, if you were only going to pick one of Shakespeare’s tragedies, I wouldn’t recommend this one; even Laurence Olivier’s version is dreadful.


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