Salvini: A Biographical Sketch of the Italian Tragedian, Together with Critical Judgments on His Acting

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G. F. Nesbitt, 1873 - Actors - 24 pages

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Page 15 - ... outburst of passion. Henceforward to the end nothing can be more imposing than Salvini's representation of the broken-hearted Moor. He resumes his original bearing. He is calm in his resolution and dignified in his despair. Nothing remains but death, and he will die as becomes his great nature. His last speech is grand, simple, and calm. After these words : — " I took by the throat the circumcised dog And smote him — " he pauses, raises himself to his full height, and looks proudly round...
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Page 14 - Oh I were damned beneath all depth in hell But that I did proceed upon just grounds To this extremity." After the deed has been accomplished, what can exceed the horror of his ghastly face as he looks out between the curtains he gathers about him when he hears Emilia's knock — or the anguish and remorse of that wild, terrible cry as he leans over her dead body, after he knows her innocence — or the savage rage of that sudden scream with which he leaps upon lago?
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Page 14 - ... his cruel, bitter taunting of Desdemona, when, wrought upon by lago, he believes her guilty — and the last fearful scene before the murder, where he bids her confess her sins and pray, are given with a gradation and power, compared with which all English representations seem cold and artificial. Nothing is European in his embodiment of Othello; it is the inflammatory passion of the East bursting forth like fire, and consuming a noble and tortured nature — it is the Moor himself, as Shakespeare...

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