Olivier’s Othello

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On Sunday evening, as part of the Shakespeare Film Festival, there was a special screening of Laurence Olivier’s Othello.

Perhaps, like me, you’ve been a little put off this film because one of the first things that people say about it is ‘Olivier’s performance is too big for the screen.’

Having seen it, all I can say is that the audience left the cinema with an air of having been bowled over by it all. Yes, it is a big performance, but on a big screen….

Well, it was actually sublime.

Join us for Filming Shakespeare: a webinar on Friday 26 October at 4.00pm (BST). I’ll be in conversation with Professor Stanley Wells and Shakespeare film expert Professor Russell Jackson about the Shakespeare films of Sir Kenneth Branagh. You can find out more and register by clicking here. The webinar is sponsored by Cambridge University Press.

You might like to listen to this conversation I had with Stanley Wells about Olivier’s film:  listen to ‘Olivier’s Othello ’ on Audioboo.

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Author:Paul Edmondson

Head of Research and Knowledge and Director of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Follow Paul on Twitter @paul_edmondson

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