Olivier’s Othello 1965: Climax

This scene with Desdemona (Maggie Smith) marks the tragic climax of the play, tragic because Othello at its start almost intuit the lack of wisdom in his fatal justice. Like too many Shakespearean heroes Othello overvalues seeming virtue as seen in Iago, and judges seeming vice prematurely and over severely. This excessive love of excellence is what I call “tragic virtue.”

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