Nice concept. Builds and maintains an interesting and tense situation out of what it essentially a one-room play. The overwhelming amount of heavy-weight jazz talent here [incl. Tubby Hayes!] is almost a distraction, though the whole ensemble work tightly and antagonistically enough together. Worth a watch even if you're not a jazz/music fan.
Great little movie with amazing jazz accompaniment -must have cost a few bob to bring that ensemble together. Feels earlier than 1962 - had not heard of it at the time, but just a few years later I saw Lance Le Gault P P Arnold & PJ Proby at London's Roundhouse in the equally thrilling rock Othello, Catch My Soul!
Basil Dreaden's jazz-infused take on Othello is far from perfect. There's an over elaborate plot device involving an audio recording and a somewhat clunky ending, but despite these imperfections I was completely immersed by the drama. There's a palpable sense of community among the characters, all sharing the same collective passion for music, and it's because of this that we are emotionally invested in the fallout.
OTHELLO in a late 50s upper class London apartment during an evening long jazz party -- some fine performances overall, and certainly well made, but the film's Othello-standin never quite comes alive. The film can be commended for the casual acceptance of the interracial relationship(s) it presents, but the feeling that Race Is The Issue That Dare Not Speak Its Name persists.
The one guy that really deserves a punch in the face never gets it! I was floored by the jazz numbers, which were much more suited to the pacing of Dearden's work than Philip Green's overly melodramatic scores in some of their other collaborations. Betsy Blair's performance as Emily impressed me; she's so convincing and tragic.