I just revisited the 1986 film version of Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello, by Franco Zeffirelli.

The story remains timeless, the movie is stunning, the singing chill-inspiring.  It being 1986, Domingo, Riciarelli and Diaz are in their prime.

Must not forget the acting, which is outstanding.  In particular, Justino Diaz as Iago is so extraordinarily and fabulously evil that you feel it on your skin.  Petra Malakova, as his long-suffering wife who does what she must despite hubby’s murderous temperament, is the very model of graceful understatement.

I understand that the movie chops the opera up just a little bit so it can be turned into a movie.  But I haven’t really compared the movie and the libretto side by side, and in any case I’m not that much of a purist, and I hereby pronounce it fabulous.


About Michael J. Kubat

I'm a grumpy Czech-born clinical social worker who is vitally interested in the survival in the United States as a viable democracy and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
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