Twelfth night or what you will 1996 official trailer ben kingsley, helena bonham carter movie hd shakespeares comedy of gender. Upon seeing the film i did notice some similarities and differences between my interpretation of the characters and the filmmakers. The film drags even though its a one reeler and the acting, direction and sets are all on the boring side. An incredibly ambitious early attempt to fit as much of shakespeares twelfth night into 10 minutes as possible. An excellent cast features ben kingsley, helena bonham carter, and nigel hawthorne. This page contains the original text of act 2, scene 5 of twelfth night all acts and scenes are listed on the twelfth night text page, or linked to from the bottom of this page. It was produced and distributed by the vitagraph company of america. More dates, including international dates, to come. When leading ladies meet and sparks do fly, with stewards cloaked in arrogance like dukes, setting scene selectionplacement feste malvolio clips. Most likely, shakespeare wrote twelfth night in 1601, but there is no record of any print version of the play before the first folio of 1623. Twelfth night shows up quite often in modern culture.
Twelfth night, or what you will is a romantic comedy by william shakespeare, believed to have been written around 16011602 as a twelfth nights entertainment for the close of the christmas season. A onceinalifetime cast shines in this hilarious version of the beloved shakespeare comedy. It uses the new cambridge shakespeare text, as used by the royal shakespeare company and educational institutions across the world. Here are the best, and most noteworthy, versions of twelfth night that can help you study and better understand the play. Rather the problem is that the parts are not played with much harmony. Surprisingly, he has never directed twelfth night for the stage although he has always wanted. Use the fiveminute videos and selfassessment quizzes focusing. An allstar cast presents superb performances, but what really stands out is that the actors playing the twin brother and sister actually closely resemble each other, thus making the farce almost believable. At olivias house, sir toby belch, olivias uncle, is criticizing his niece for mourning the death of her brother so profusely. Christensen sebastian madame tusk antonio, a sea captain, friend to sebastian alan davis drake a sea captain kara. Nunns version shows him to be a deft theatrical juggler, whose gift is to toss up a dozen major roles among plots, subplots, and plotsaborning, and keep all balls in the air. Twelfth night, or what you will 1998 tv movie based on the same stage play. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land.
Twelfth night cinema trailer royal shakespeare company. Twelfth night, produced by vitagraph and directed by charles kent, is a short film based on the comedy of shakespeare, featuring florence turner, a star of silent hall of fame. Twelfth night is a 1910 silent short film directed by eugene mullin and charles kent. Adjust for period, genre and style, and acknowledge the fact that shakespeare occupies a different creative universe than, say, david zucker, and the intention is the same. Or what you will is a 1996 britishamericanirish film adaptation of william shakespeares play, directed by trevor nunn and featuring an allstar cast. Viola lands in illyria, where she disguises herself like her brother and goes into the service of the duke orsino. Its debatable what scene is the most famous in shakespeares twelfth night. Getting started twelfth night production guide libguides at. Twelfth night is a periodpiece bringing the delight and trickery of shakespeares comedies from the stage to the cinema with wonderful accuracy and a naturalistic realism that will delight drama fans. Hollywood shakespeare presents twelfth night by william shakespeare, a modern retelling of this epic tale. Twelfth night study guide course online video lessons.
Twelfth night, first performed around 1600, probably at the court of. It is based on william shakespeares play twelfth night. The sites critical consensus reads, director trevor nunn makes some questionable choices, but his stellar cast which includes helena bonhamcarter, ben. Shakespeares comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves. Viola and sebastian are lookalike twins, separated by a shipwreck. The 1996 film adapted and directed by trevor nunn and set in the 19th century, stars imogen stubbs as viola, helena bonham carter as olivia and toby stephens as. When a shipwreck separates siblings viola and sebastian in a foreign land, each thinks the other is dead, and both embark on a series of romantic misadventures involving deception, crossdressing, dashing counts, obese alcoholics and a perceptive fool who presides over the entire madcap affair. Review of john gorries twelfth night film adaptation. Lets face it, any film adaptation of shakespeare will be inadequate in fundamental ways. Film upon seeing the film i did notice some similarities and differences between my interpretation of the characters and the filmmakers. Twelfth night 1910 out of 4 the story is very clear in this one but thats about it. The first twin, viola, falls in love with orsino, who dotes on olivia who falls for viola but is idolized by malvolio.
In conclusion, the john gorries film adaptation of william shakespeares twelfth night first broadcasted on, 6th january 1980 offers a gratifying experience to audiences grasping our attention with the grandeur of the elizabethan era. I started watching the film by thinking, they should film more of the comedies, and probably they still should, but i ended by thinking, they really. With samuel barnett, liam brennan, paul chahidi, john paul connolly. Set in the late 19th century, it was filmed on location in cornwall, including scenes shot at padstow and at lanhydrock house near bodmin, with orsino and his followers wearing. Twelfth night 1910, produced by vitagraph and directed by charles kent, is a short film based on the comedy of shakespeare. The cast, the emotions, the situations and the finale are all things to look forward to in twelfth night. While some of the performances are a bit silly, nothing about the film is terrible. The first thing that caught me off guard was the portrayal of cesario viola. Koch vision and bbc presents twelfth night 6 january 1969 103 minscolor dolby digital splendidly acted award winning performances in 1969 this version of william shakespeares twelfth night reached u. Twelfth night is no chamber comedy, but a sweeping, genderbent symphony of gags, deceptions, and love lost and regained.
Find out about screenings and events for twelfth night by william shakespeare, presented by hollywood shakespeare. In 1910, vitagraph studios released the silent, short adaptation twelfth night starring actors florence turner, julia swayne gordon and marin sais. Shakespeares boymeetsgirldisguisedasboy comedy has great wit and energy, as well as a clearly understandable presentation of the famous playwrights language. Musicians attending duke orsino if music be the food of love, play on. Enter sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister. That makes shakespeare the most filmed playwright of all time. Two twins are separated in shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land.
Twelfth night or what you will 1996 official trailer ben kingsley. William shakespeare 15641616 shakespeares great festive comedy, probably written and first performed around 1601, follows the adventures of twins viola and sebastian, who are separated from each other by a shipwreck. In 1602, a lawyer named john manningham commented in his diary that, while at a feast, he saw a play called twelfth night or what you will, much like the comedy of errors, or menechmi, in plautus, but. He says to her serving girl, maria, that his niece is melodramatically overreacting, and he thoroughly disapproves. Both poems have somewhat carpe diem ideas, using ridiculous excuses or reasoning to try to get the woman to sleep with them. With music as the bittersweet food of love, all converge and conspire in this comic journey. What is the most famous scene in shakespeares twelfth night. Featuring performances from florence turner, playing a perky viola, and charles.
Course summary use the short video lessons in this study guide to learn all you need to know about shakespeares twelfth night. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother sebastian is lost. Twelfth night is a tale of unrequited love hilarious and heartbreaking. This page contains the original text of act 2, scene 5 of twelfth night all acts and scenes are listed on the twelfth night text page, or linked to from the bottom of this page act 2. Twelfth night film analysis by lakshmi senthilnathan on prezi. Shipwrecked twins are lost among lovesick aristocrats, unruly servants, mischievous pleasure seekers, clowns, and a puritan. Viola florence turner is saved after a shipwreck and ends up dressed in mans clothes in the domains of a certain duke.
Adaptations of shakespeares plays and other works have been featured in nearly 500 films andor videos worldwide. Viola who is disguised as cesario falls in love with duke orsino, who in turn is in. Twelfth night was broadcast live to cinemas on 14 february 2018. Probably one of the most current wellknown twelfth night inspired release is the movie shes the man, a modernized adaption starring amanda bynes. In this case, you have the translation of language to pure visuals and. Shakespeares twelfth night bears something of the same relationship to his serious romances like romeo and juliet that, if you will forgive the comparison, airplane. The play centres on the twins viola and sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. While reading i could be as imaginative as possible, thus giving the character of. Twelfth night 1986 separated from her twin brother by a shipwreck off the coast of illyria, viola gillian jones disguises herself as a male page, cesario. Though it has many similarities to twelfth night, such as the characters having the same names and the some are born great quote being used, it deviates from the plot a. Twelfth night 1910 directed by eugene mullin, charles. For eighteen years he was head of the royal shakespeare company and is world renowned for his stage productions. Before priscilla crossed the desert, wong foo met julie newmar, and the birdcage was unlocked, there. Hidden and mistaken identities, requited and unrequited loves, pranks and jokes abound in this romantic comedy.
Near the end of the movie, elizabeth i asks shakespeare to write a play for the twelfth night holiday, which has been suggested as to why the play was originally written. Stylistic choices act 1 scene 5 emplaced in victorian england bold, but characters with passions and thoughts known. A fascinating look the various films which have been made and inspired by shakespeares festive comedy twelfth night with author daniel rosenthal. O, it came oer my ear like the sweet sound, that breathes upon a bank of violets. Orsino sends her to help him woo the lady olivia, who doesnt want the duke, but finds that she. There was a 1985 film directed by lisa gottlieb titled just one of the guys starring joyce hyser. Ive seen twelfth night in several stage versions as well as on film. With alec mccowen, robert hardy, felicity kendal, annette crosbie. Featuring resources on 11 of shakespeares plays, from romeo and juliet to coriolanus, the resources cover over 20 different filmed versions of his works. See a film or event before 5pm and get standard tickets from as little as.
Twelfth night is part of naxos audiobooks exciting new series of complete dramatisations of the works of shakespeare, in conjunction with cambridge university press. The first main one is one similar to the theme of donnes the flea and marvells to his coy mistress. It is a relevant story to modern societys gender issues using breathtaking cinematography to laugh at human foolishness. Tamsin greig is malvolia in a new twist on shakespeares classic comedy of mistaken identity. Check out all of the spectacular designs or make your own. Apr 20, 2016 an incredibly ambitious early attempt to fit as much of shakespeares twelfth night into 10 minutes as possible. Set in the 18th century, this is a very british version of shakespeares romantic comedy. With julia swayne gordon, charles kent, florence turner, edith storey. An early silent version of shakespeares classic comedy of unrequited love and gender bending. Twins viola and sebastian are both washed ashore in a shipwreck, but each thinks the other is dead. Download the first folio of twelfth night from the bodleian library. Shakespeares love interest in the film is named viola, and she is presented as the true inspiration for twelfth night. Orsino sends her to help him woo the lady olivia, who doesnt want the duke, but finds that she likes the new messenger. However, this must have been one of the first films to show a lesbian kiss so perhaps thatll give you a historical reason to see this.371 561 364 1401 1037 1036 1068 1069 245 489 1130 503 950 1403 1066 1002 158 1569 1532 812 1228 832 1319 1014 1548 253 756 1473 288 1151 1566 667 1522 515 823 125 1147 649 1088 642 1334 631 1137 1199 536 439 652 1210 1318 1377