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Twelfth Night (1910)

An early silent version of Shakespeare's classic comedy of unrequited love and gender bending.

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Olivia
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Orsino
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Maria
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Sir Andrew Aguecheek
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When Viola and her twin brother Sebastian are shipwrecked and separated, Viola dresses in her brother's clothes and becomes a page in the palace of the Duke of Orsino. Thinking Viola is a boy, the Duke sends her with a message to Olivia, whom he loves. A series of complications begins when Olivia falls in love with the page 'boy'. Written by Snow Leopard

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Short | Comedy | Drama | Romance

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5 February 1910 (USA)  »

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Vízkereszt  »

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1.33 : 1
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Version of ShakespeaRe-Told: Macbeth (2005) See more »

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Actually Pretty Good
27 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

Lets face it, any film adaptation of Shakespeare will be inadequate in fundamental ways. In this case, you have the translation of language to pure visuals and the necessities of extreme compression.

But his comedies are not like his other stuff; the gags are rooted in visual jokes — particularly the "woman dressed as a man" routine. (In his day, women were played by boys which adds to the joke.)

This is slight, but for my tastes it captured the spirit of the thing and a couple of the joke scenes. All the sex stuff is missing, which is the big loss, but the players are enderaing even in their exaggerated gesticulating.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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