Othello (1995)

Laurence Fishburne is a one of a kind actor. In his career he has portrayed several different characters from different backgrounds. One of his performances has stuck with me the most is Othello. In 1995, he portrayed the title character of Othello. In this classic Shakespearean tragedy, Laurence Fishburne brought to life the Moore of Venice like no other.

Staying true to the story, we are introduced to Othello as a noble man who has fought in many wars. He has just married Desdemona, the beautiful daughter of Brabantio, to find himself being taken away by police. His only crime in this case is that he is black and she is white. The two must prove their love to the court where Desdemona heroically tells her father that she loves Othello no matter what. After Desdemona is disowned and Othello cleared of all charges, they take off to Cyprus for Othello to lead a command to fight the Turks.

Alongside them is Iago, Othello’s closest friend, who envies him. Frustrated that he was not promoted and Cassio was instead, Iago plots against Othello. Playing on his fears that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio he sabotages everything he holds dear. Using his wife as puppet in his cruel acts, Iago eventually convinces Othello to kill Desdemona. When the truth comes out Othello takes his own life out of grief and guilt for trusting in Iago with his wicked words. After it is shown that Iago has sabotaged and ruined the life of Othello out of revenge, Cassio has him sent away with pity for the dead.

Laurence Fishburne portrayed the iconic Othello with his fantastic acting skills. On July 30, 1961, Laurence Fishburne was born with untouchable acting skills. In the 1995 film version of Othello, he portrays the tragic title character with grace and sympathy.


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