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Disambiguation: for UK Stage version see Catch My Soul

Catch My Soul is a 1974 film produced by Jack Good and Richard M. Rosenbloom, and directed by Patrick McGoohan. It was an adaptation of Good's stage musical of the same title, which itself was loosely adapted from William Shakespeare's Othello. It was not a critical success.

Production

Shakespeare's tragedy of revenge and racism had been retitled for the London stage and relocated from Venicemarker to Piccadillymarker; for the film, the location of the drama was moved to the New Mexicomarker desert; filming took place in Espanolamarker and Santa Femarker. The title comes from Act III, Scene III of Shakespeare's play, in which Othello declares his love for Desdemona, "Perdition catch my soul, but I do love thee; and when I love thee not, chaos is come again."

Although much of the plot remains intact, Othello, the "noble Moor" becomes the pacifist leader of a hippie commune, Iago appears to be the Devil incarnate who "fits all the negative stereotypes of dropouts with his scruffy beard and unwashed look" and Desdemona becomes a "white round-faced girl with granny glasses".

Patrick McGoohan had earlier starred in the successful 1962 modernisation of the Othello story, All Night Long, which had been moved to 1960s London and fuelled by jazz music. Allmovie's reviewer points out that "perhaps he thought lightning would strike twice in moving it to a gospel show in the Southwest. He was terribly wrong." Catch My Soul would be the only film to be directed by McGoohan, although he later directed some episodes of Columbo. In an interview with Premiere magazine in 1995, McGoohan gave some insight into why the film had failed:

Of the cast, Richie Havens was well-known from his appearance at Woodstock Festivalmarker, but this was his first acting role; Lance LeGault had some experience, but not playing major roles; likewise Season Hubley and Susan Tyrell. Tony Joe White was already fairly well-known as a musician. Allmovie's Craig Butler was moved to comment "Laughable also describes every dramatic performance, as do horrible and unbelievable."

Cast



Reception

The film appeared at the same time as Jesus Christ Superstar. It failed as an arthouse film, was retitled "Santa Fe Satan", and reissued as a drive-in exploitation film.

Critical reviews of Catch My Soul were generally negative, Time Out's reviewer describing it as Leslie Halliwell was equally scathing, his description being

Allmovie's Craig Butler was able to say that "some of the musical performances, especially from Richie Havens and Tony Joe White are quite good, and much of the music is worth hearing ... removed from the movie." Nevertheless, his overall assessment is "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."

Soundtrack

A soundtrack album was issued by Metromedia to tie-in with the film. The New York Times reviewer, in line with others, commented "Forget the movie and get the soundtrack album."
Track listing
  1. "Othello, Pt. 1" - Tony Joe White
  2. "Wash Us Clean" - Jack Good, Tony Joe White
  3. "Catch My Soul, Pt. 1" - Jack Good, Tony Joe White
  4. "Working on a Building" - Tony Joe White
  5. "Othello, Pt. 2" - Tony Joe White
  6. "Catch My Soul, Pt. 2" - Jack Good, Tony Joe White, Lance LeGault,
  7. "Open Our Eyes" - Leon Lumkins
  8. "Backwoods Preacher Man" - Tony Joe White
  9. "Looking Back" - Delaney Bramlett, Tony Joe White
  10. "Eat the Bread-Drink the Wine" - Jack Good, Tony Joe White
  11. "That's What God Said" - Delaney Bramlett
  12. "Chug-A-Lug (The Drinking Song)" - Delaney Bramlett
  13. "I Found Jesus" - Delaney Bramlett
  14. "Run, Shaker Life" - (unknown)
  15. "Catch My Soul, Pt. 3" - Jack Good, Tony Joe White
  16. "Book of Prophecy" - Jack Good, Richie Havens
  17. "Othello, Pt. 3" - Tony Joe White
  18. "Lust of the Blood" - Jack Good, Ray Pohlman
  19. "Tickle His Fancy" - Allene Lubin
  20. "Why" - Jack Good, Emile Dean Zoghby
  21. "Othello, Pt. 4" - Tony Joe White
  22. "Catch My Soul, Pt. 4" - Jack Good, Tony Joe White
  23. "Put Out the Light" - Jack Good, Ray Pohlman
  24. "Othello, Pt. 5" - Tony Joe White


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