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

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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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Typical for 1910
21 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This early adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic comedy "Twelfth Night, Or What You Will" is typical of the period in which it was made. The production is more theatrical than cinematic, intertitles are placed in between scenes to describe what is going on, and all the actors play to the back row. The subplot with Malvolio is handled rather poorly and feels tacked on due to time constraints. The resolution is unsatisfying as well; the picture could have benefited from at least another minute or two, I think.

Nevertheless, it has beautiful Elizabethan costumes and will prove entertaining for enthusiasts of cinema history or Shakespeare.


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