April 21, 2006
By LOUIS B. PARKS
Acting, life blend in Iago
Exploring the blurred boundary between life and the stage amuses
writer-director Zhenya Kiperman. He
does it in several fresh ways in the consistently entertaining,
unassuming I Will Avenge You, Iago!.
Helen Brooks (Michi Barall) is the young lead actress in a New York-based
touring company. She returns home earlier than expected from a production,
eager to surprise her older husband, Jack Bandrowsky (Larry Pine),
a famous opera singer. In their flat, she finds a sexy woman, house
cleaning in very skimpy lingerie.
Helen interrogates the woman, Eve,
who finally confesses that she and Jack have been having an affair
for three years, and she is pregnant. Helen is devastated.
Meanwhile, Jack, in his dressing room after playing Iago in Othello,
is assaulted by a ring-nosed opera fan, Marvin (Keith Nobbs) who
doesn't realize that Iago is just a performance and Desdemona, murdered
on stage, is not really dead.
Jack, about to be killed by Marvin to avenge Desdemona, spins a
wild tale that sends the gullible youth off looking to kill someone
else: "I will avenge you, Iago," he swears.
To tell more would be to reveal too much, but know that not all
that is seen is truth.
Both the people in the play and we the audience are often deceived.
Kiperman clearly wants us to think of Woody Allen with the way scenes
are filmed, the narration (a weak link that could be dropped), the
style of the closing credits and his choice of music. (The tour
group's arrival in New York is backed by Rhapsody in Blue!)
April 18, 2006
By LOUIS B. PARKS
Don't miss these fest flicks
Features and shorts will please all film tastes:
Romantic comedy is well represented. The
amusing I Will Avenge You, Iago!,
shot in New York, plays sexily with the barrier between what is
real on stage and what is acting offstage, as a rising young theater
actress discovers her older opera star husband is fooling around.
Or is he?
Ft Lauderdale/ North Palm Beach
Fri, April 15 2005
By Phoebe Flowers
PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
I Will Avenge You, Iago!:
Runtime: 95 min. Unrated: Language, partial nudity, drug use,
adult themes. 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Parisian, 3:45 p.m. Tuesday
loopy, clever comedy opens with Shakespeare's "all the world's
a stage" passage, a concept the movie takes to heart. Beautiful
young actress Helen (Michi Barall) arrives at her Manhattan apartment
after being propositioned by her director (Giancarlo Esposito).
There, she discovers a barely dressed woman (Kate Hodge) apparently
cleaning her house. Helen assumes the intruder is having an affair
with her husband, the much-older opera star Bandrowsky (Larry Pine,
Melinda and Melinda).
Bandrowsky, meanwhile, has just finished a performance
of Othello. He is immediately attacked by an insane young man who
took the story to heart. And this is only the first 20 minutes or
so of the movie.
First-time writer-director Zhenya Kiperman
paints a wild world of off-stage drama and farce that mimics that
which the characters experience onstage. The story feels a bit uneven,
but it manages to pull off a pretty hilarious twist. And the finale,
featuring a rewritten Hamlet performed in a prison, has to be seen
to be believed.