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Catch My Soul
     

Catch My Soul

Director: Patrick McGoohan,

Cast: Patrick McGoohan, Richie Havens, Season Hubley, Lance Le Gault

 
Screenwriter John Good's rock & roll adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello is a real oddity and features some surprisingly good tunes. Set in the American Southwest, Othello is a wandering evangelist who happens onto Iago's remote commune. There he marries the lovely Desdemona much to the chagrin of Iago, who also loves her. The conniving commune leader then manages to

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Screenwriter John Good's rock & roll adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello is a real oddity and features some surprisingly good tunes. Set in the American Southwest, Othello is a wandering evangelist who happens onto Iago's remote commune. There he marries the lovely Desdemona much to the chagrin of Iago, who also loves her. The conniving commune leader then manages to quietly pressure Othello until murder and tragedy ensue. Songs include: "Othello," "Working on a Building," "Eat the Bread, Drink the Wine," "Book of Prophecy," "That's What God Said," "Chug a Lug," "Open Your Eyes," "Lust of the Blood," "Put Out the Light" and more.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
If anyone ever doubts that the '70s were a strange decade for cinema, they have only to watch Catch My Soul to find verification. In a way, it's emblematic of the decade, which encouraged a remarkable freedom of expression from its filmmakers; sometimes this resulted in highly individualistic masterpieces; other times it created dreck like Soul. Mind you, a lot of that dreck is highly watchable, in a "what could they have been thinking" kind of way, and Soul more than fits that bill. Director Patrick McGoohan had been involved (as an actor) in an imaginative and successful updating of Othello into the '50s jazz world (All Night Long), so perhaps he thought lightning would strike twice in moving it to a gospel show in the Southwest. He was terribly wrong. The re-setting is ham-handed and ridiculous, and the mixture of direct quotes from the play with contemporary slang is laughable. Laughable also describes every dramatic performance, as do horrible and unbelievable. (That said, some of the musical performances, especially from Richie Havens and Tony Joe White are quite good, and much of the music is worth hearing -- preferably on a turntable or 8-track, removed from the movie.) McGoohan's direction is labored, at best. Still, Soul is undeniably fascinating, a train wreck of a movie that inspires awe and that makes one appreciate a time when awful movies could be so bad in such an interesting way.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/2015
UPC:
0814456020143
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
NR
Source:
Etiquette Pictures
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
47,868

Special Features

"Drink The Wine, Eat the Bread" (the Making of Catch My Soul); "The Deacon Speaks" (an Interview with actor Tony Joe White); "True Soul" (the work of Conrad L. Hall); Theatrical Trailer & TV Spot; Promotional Still & Artwork Gallery; Extensive Booket Essay; Reversible Cover Artwork

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richie Havens Othello
Season Hubley Desdemona
Lance Le Gault Iago
Bonnie Bramlett Actor
Delaney Bramlett Actor
Raleigh Gardenhire Actor
Tony Joe White Cassio
Susan Tyrrell Emilia

Technical Credits
Patrick McGoohan Director
Delaney Bramlett Musical Arrangement,Musical Direction/Supervision
Huw Davies Associate Producer
Charles M. Fries Executive Producer
Charles W. Fries Producer
Paul Glass Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Good Producer,Screenwriter
Conrad L. Hall Cinematographer
Richard A. Harris Editor
Bob Post Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Rosenbloom Producer
Tony Joe White Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Catch My Soul
1. Chapter 1 [9:21]
2. Chapter 2 [8:11]
3. Chapter 3 [8:18]
4. Chapter 4 [3:39]
5. Chapter 5 [:16]
6. Chapter 6 [:16]
7. Chapter 7 [:16]
8. Chapter 8 [:17]
9. Chapter 9 [:16]
10. Chapter 10 [:16]
11. Chapter 11 [:16]
12. Chapter 12 [:17]

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