Study Help Film Versions

Adaptations of Shakespeare's plays and other works have been featured in nearly 500 films and/or videos world-wide. That makes Shakespeare the most filmed playwright of all time! Here are the best, and most noteworthy, versions of Othello that can help you study and better understand the play.



Director: Oliver Parker

Rating: R

Using about 50% of the original Shakespearean text, director Oliver Parker brings a spare and engaging version of the play to the screen. Unfortunately, star Laurence Fishburne does not turn in his best performance here as Othello, but Kenneth Branagh's Iago is complex and persuasive. Also stars Irene Jacob as Desdemona.

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