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Jul. 10th, 2005 | 08:41 am
Anyone who can place that quote can covet more of my admiration than they already do.
I wonder if that 'dangerous stream' bit is meant to invoke Hamlet. If so it really shades the image of Othello. No pun intended.
I love Othello. Those lines plus reading Harold Bloom have lately reminded me of that fact. I have an itch to re-watch the 1965 Olivier/Smith/Finlay/Jacobi rendition. It absolutely made me grieve the first time around and I wonder if it's as good as I remember.
I recall finding the first half-hour jarring...I mean, seeing a guy in blackface in the late 90s? Who wouldn't? But the play's not about that anymore than it's about racism. I've heard it suggested that it could have been done without it...I don't know. The text definitely seems to call for erm...a black guy. But would ditching the makeup make it less credible, less tragic? Maybe 'credible' is too strong a word. I might lost some of its realism out of the white/black context. But less tragic? No way.
Incidentally, I think I'd make a kickass Richard III. No makeup please, just strap a pillow to my back and I'm good to go :)