Wanna hear Othello play the piano?
Wanna hear Desdemona croon the blues?
Wanna see Iago rattlin’ a hot drum solo?
It’s all in All Night Long, Basil Dearden’s 1962 jazz retelling of Shakespeare’s OHELLO.
Set in Richard Attenborough’s swingin’ two story Mayfair apartment, top jazz performers gather to celebrate Rex and Delia’s one-year anniversary with an all-night jam. Dave Brubeck, Charles Mingus, Johnny Dankworth, and Tubby Hayes are playing guests. Even Cleo Laine gets a shout-out as the guests arrive. Patrick McGoohan schemes and plays drums. Henry VIII (Keith Michell) blows weed and sax.
The acting in the film is generally sub-standard. The story is convoluted and implausible. It may be neither iambic nor pentameter, but the music is hot.
The movie is mostly a curiosity, but it looks great and the music makes up for considerable mediocrity.
There’s even bongos!
“Don’t worry man…everything’s co-o-o-o-o-l.”