Twelfth NightDirector: Trevor Nunn
The classic Shakespearean comedy about mistaken identity and gender confusion is brought to the screen once again in this British production, courtesy of screenwriter-director Trevor Nunn. Nunn has transferred the time period to the Victorian Era of the late 19th century. Two twins, Viola (Imogen Stubbs) and Sebastian (Steven MacKintosh), are separated when their ship… See more details below
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The classic Shakespearean comedy about mistaken identity and gender confusion is brought to the screen once again in this British production, courtesy of screenwriter-director Trevor Nunn. Nunn has transferred the time period to the Victorian Era of the late 19th century. Two twins, Viola (Imogen Stubbs) and Sebastian (Steven MacKintosh), are separated when their ship capsizes. Each believes that the other has drowned. Viola washes ashore on the coast of Illyria. She disguises herself as a man and assumes the name Cesario so that she can take a position as an aide to the Duke, Orsinio (Toby Stephens). Orsinio desires Olivia (Helena Bonham Carter), who refuses his attentions. He also flirts with Maria (Imelda Staunton), Olivia's maid. Orsinio sends Cesario as an emissary to Olivia. The foppish Sir Andrew Aguecheek (Richard E. Grant) also seeks Olivia's love. He is a friend of her besotted uncle, Sir Toby Belch (Mel Smith). With the clownish philosopher Feste (Ben Kingsley), all these members of Olivia's household plot to embarrass the dour Malvolio (Nigel Hawthorne), a butler who has no tolerance for frivolity. They fool Malvolio into thinking that Olivia desires him, and when he confesses his love, Olivia orders him imprisoned as a madman. Sebastian then turns up and is mistaken for Cesario. A series of mishaps follows. ~ Michael Betzold
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Cast & Crew
|Helena Bonham Carter||Olivia|
|Mel Smith||Sir Toby Belch|
|Richard E. Grant||Sir Andrew Aguecheek|
|Sophie Becher||Production Designer|
|John Bright||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|David Crozier||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Shaun Davey||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Ileen Maisel||Executive Producer|
|Greg Smith||Executive Producer|
|Guy Travers||Asst. Director|
|Ruth Vitale||Executive Producer|
|Jonathan Weisgal||Executive Producer|
1. The Shipwreck [4:22]
2. An Alien Shore [5:01]
3. Main Title [1:54]
4. Cesario and the Count [5:20]
5. Sir Toby and Sir Andrew [4:14]
6. Who's the Fool? [7:54]
7. Orsino's Embassy [11:12]
8. My Name is Sebastian [1:56]
9. Love Song [7:19]
10. Malvolio's Admonitions [9:25]
11. Letter of Love [8:12]
12. I Am Not What I Am [1:04]
13. Come Away Death [9:01]
14. Malvolio's Declaration [10:06]
15. Dueling Cowards [1:02]
16. Antionio's Arrest [:07]
17. Sebastian's Confusion [3:39]
18. Master Topas [6:52]
19. Olivia's Husband [2:29]
20. Reunited [3:06]
21. This Is Not My Writing [4:11]
22. End Credits [9:17]
23. Chapter 23 [5:51]
24. Chapter 24 [5:41]
25. Chapter 25 [4:19]
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I bought this movie to watch in concordance with studying the play with my daughter. We were disappointed to find whole sections of scenes missing. It was also very hard to follow along as the scenes where re-arranged and often 2 or more scenes were interspersed with each other. However, it made for interesting discussion of the director's choices in portraying this comedy. Nigel Hawthorne's portrayal of Malvolio was so earnest that while the prank on him is cruel no matter how it is set up, the grief and shame brought out were squirm-worthy.
The language is great! I've read the play, but I never would have understood it if I hadn't watched the movie first. Helena Bonham Carter is cute, and I absolutely love Ben Kingsley as the jester. Even though it's a typical Shakespeare story (with a drunk,fool and the rejected lover), I still highly recomend it.
When I first saw this movie I fell in love with the consept. The idea of loves know and yet unspoken, It is a true joy to watch as they come a shore and go thow a mairy go around of triel and defeat, only to win ones heart and find each other. They Need to get it on DVD. :-)
There are only 2 Shakesperean movies that I liked watching,Twelfth Night w/Helena Bonham Carter & Much Ado About Nothing w/Kenneth Branagh.The only thing I'm disappointed with is that the only way I can get a DVD version of Twelfth Night is if I buy it overseas.Now how come I can't buy it here in the U.S.?Can someone tell me?I really loved watching that movie.
After I watched Twelfth Night at school, I fell in love with the movie and rent it on video. Ever since then, I've watched it about 10 times. It is the kind of movie that you don't get sick of. I thought that the acting as brilliant, scenery beautiful and the actors/actresses were wonderful! This film is definatly going on my 'favourite films' list!
....men are more to my taste :) but Imogen Stubbs played this part so deeply and soulfully (not to detract from the other players, which were amazing as well) that I couldn't help but feel her character become a part of my person. As it should be with Shakespeare... truly, he is the one I have fallen for.
This is a rare shakespearian film. Without the aid of present day scenery, pacing, or music, the emotion of this movie appeals to a shakespear novice, while satisfying even the most learned of readers. The acting is superb, the story beautiful and moving. Imogen Stubbs is radiant.
Very well done. This movie allows the play to be much better understood.
I liked the production fairly well. Some things worked; others didn't. The setting was excellent geographically and in historical time. Costumes good particularly the soldiers of the Duke who got across the impression of menace. The casting had one flaw for me - Carter as Olivia. She's an excellent actress but too small in stature and not the right facial structure to play Olivia. She should have played Viola where her role as a lively and youthful beauty would have worked better. Well acted generally and got across points which I had altogether missed in another production eg the way Sir Andrew's love was exploited by Sir Toby. Feste was a little stiff and grim for a jester; should have been more lively and fluid.
This is a really good funny movie. Very easy to follow (at least to me). Refreshing after the majority of recent movies laden with special effects and little else.
This was a great movie! I had to read the book in school, and I wasn't crazy about it, but the movie brought the book to life and I laughed so hard!!
This is a great movie to watch with friends. Even if you know little to nothing about shakesphere (which, in my mind, is impossible in this day and age). I loved it, the actors are just right for it and is set in a time period that really fits it. Helena Bonheim Carter is wonderful as are all of the other actors.
If you ever wanted a movie where the story was not predictable, funny, full of romance and action, then this is the movie. It's clean fun, a delight for the heart. I always enjoy watching this movie.