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"Othello": Act I: Scene I (08:14)


Roderigo is angry because he hoped to court Desdemona. Iago hates Othello because he promoted Cassio to lieutenant. Brabantio learns about his daughter's marriage.

"Othello": Act I: Scene II (04:34)

Iago warns Othello that Brabantio will attempt to force him to divorce Desdemona. Cassio brings a message that the Duke of Venice would like his advice. Brabantio arrives to confront the general.

"Othello": Act I: Scene III (23:43)

The Turks have turned toward Rhodes. Brabantio complains that his daughter has married Othello and believes that the Moor bewitched him. Desdemona asks the Duke of Venice if she may accompany her husband to Cyprus; Iago performs his first soliloquy.

"Othello": Act II: Scene I and II (18:54)

Cassio reports that the Turks lost most of their ships in a tempest. Desdemona, Roderigo, Emilia, and Othello arrive on Cyprus. Iago reveals he wants Desdemona and plots revenge. The herald announces a celebration.

"Othello": Act II: Scene III—Iago's Plan (11:53)

Iago and Cassio argue about Desdemona and Cassio begins drinking. Roderigo leaves to sound the mutiny bell. Cassio stabs Montano during a fight.

"Othello": Act II: Scene III—Control (12:39)

Othello dismisses Cassio from his service. Iago suggests Cassio appeal to Desdemona for aid. Roderigo wonders if he should return to Venice. Iago plots to convince Emilia to help him obtain revenge.

"Othello": Act III: Scene I (01:42)

Cassio sends musicians to play music beneath the general's window. Emilia shares that Desdemona has been pleading his case. Othello gives Iago letters to deliver and decides to inspect Cyprus' fortifications.

"Othello": Act III: Scene II (14:38)

Desdemona promises to help Cassio. Iago insinuates that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. Othello becomes jealous and asks Iago for help watching his wife.

"Othello": Act III: Scene III (18:08)

Othello soliloquizes about Iago's character and claims to have a headache. Emilia gives Iago Desdemona's handkerchief. Iago claims that Cassio has cried out Desdemona's name in his sleep and is carrying her handkerchief; Othello promotes Iago to lieutenant.

"Othello": Act III: Scene IV (10:03)

Emilia suspects Othello is jealous. Othello explains the handkerchief's history and becomes angry when Desdemona cannot produce it. Cassio asks Bianca to duplicate the embroidery on a handkerchief he found in his rooms.

"Othello": Act IV: Scene I—Insinuations (08:30)

Iago goads Othello; the Moor falls into an trance. Iago jokes with Cassio about Bianca, but Othello believes they are discussing Desdemona. Othello sees Bianca with the handkerchief.

"Othello": Act IV: Scene I—Anger (06:54)

Iago promises to kill Cassio and goads Othello into strangling Desdemona. Desdemona answers Lodovico's questions about Cassio. Othello strikes Desdemona in anger.

"Othello": Act IV: Scene II (14:51)

Othello interrogates Emilia. Desdemona pleads her innocence. Roderigo is angry about the lack of progress. Iago claims Othello is being sent to Africa and convinces Roderigo to kill Cassio.

"Othello": Act IV: Scene III (10:57)

Desdemona discusses infidelity while she prepares for bed and sings. Lodovico walks with Othello.

"Othello": Act V: Scene I (06:41)

Roderigo dies and Cassio is wounded. Othello returns to his bedroom to kill Desdemona. Iago arrests Bianca and sends Emilia to tell Othello and Desdemona what has happened.

"Othello": Act V: Scene II (30:21)

Desdemona weeps that Cassio is dead. Othello strangles his wife. Emilia divulges that Cassio is alive and reveals she gave the handkerchief to Iago. Emilia tells Othello that Desdemona was faithful; Othello kills himself.

Credits; Othello (01:48)

Credits; Othello

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Ian McKellen gives an awe-inspiring portrayal of Iago in this unique production of Shakespeare's Othello. McKellen, opera singer Willard White in the title role, and the rest of the cast have all been cited for their sterling performances. Based on the Royal Shakespeare Company's stage performance in Stratford, the film was presented by the BBC. The quality of this production reveals why director Trevor Nunn, the theatre phenomenon whose resume includes Cats and Les Miz, is one of the world's most respected interpreters of Shakespeare. Costumed for the US civil war era, this Othello is set in 19th century Cyprus. A powerful adaptation of theater's most memorable expression of jealousy and doom.

Length: 206 minutes

Item#: BVL194813

ISBN: 978-1-64623-661-9

Copyright date: ©1990

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