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Abeer AbdelrahimDr. Catherine MartinENGL 22012 December 2015Othello Film Review Extra CreditFishburne is an interesting choice in that he's normally associated with urban thrillers. He uses his tough-guy persona and physical stature to maximumefficiency emphasizing Othello's nature as a brooding, intimidating authority figure of great power who knows how to handle his enemies - and yet, as someone who can't see the treachery in his closest associate. Fishburne is also atechnically proficient actor, delivering his lines with great force. But he is somewhat aloof and distant, and some of his scenes with Irene Jacob, as his wifeDesdemona, seem a bit artificial, as the theatricality shows through the seams. For example, when he morns over the death of his wife at the end, his sadness seems overly scripted rather than sentimental. Not that it hinders the production's overall success, which gets a tremendous boost from the casting of Kenneth Branagh.