Othello

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Overview
Othello: George Bennett (1800 - 1879) as Othello, Miss Jane Bennett as Desdemona

Its racial challenges seem to have made Othello very controversial, yet popular (Gallery 2.3.22-27). Issues of casting the lead role only with black actors in the lead have been debated recently, particularly since Olivier's film (Gallery 5.2.35-40). Iago is increasingly seen as not only the longest but the dominant role: his black humor is as important a production element as that of the comparable role of Richard III. Desdemona's initial boldness has not endeared her to feminists, because of her ultimate acquiescence to her fate.

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Othello: Paul Robeson as Othello and Uta Hagen as Desdemona
Othello: Laurence Olivier as Othello
Othello: Giuseppe Verdi's "Otello"
Othello: Edwin Booth as Iago
Othello: Margaret Halstan (1879-1967) as Desdemona, Matheson Lang (1879-1948) as Othello
*Margaret Webster Production: Othello V.ii; Othello, Iago, Desdemona

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