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Re: Nunn's Twelfth Night
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1745  Monday, 18 September 2000.

[1]     From:   Paul E. Doniger <
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        Date:   Saturday, 16 Sep 2000 14:50:14 -0700
        Subj:   Fw: SHK 11.1736 Trevor Nunn's Twelfth Night Film

[2]     From:   David Bishop <
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        Date:   Sunday, 17 Sep 2000 15:54:40 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1736 Trevor Nunn's Twelfth Night Film

[3]     From:   Yvonne Bruce <
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        Date:   Monday, 18 Sep 2000 07:01:02 -0400
        Subj:   Trevor Nunn's Twelfth Night


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From:           Paul E. Doniger <
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Date:           Saturday, 16 Sep 2000 14:50:14 -0700
Subject: 11.1736 Trevor Nunn's Twelfth Night Film
Comment:        Fw: SHK 11.1736 Trevor Nunn's Twelfth Night Film

I'm with you, Sophie. I did love the Nunn film of _Twelfth Night_, but I
need to make two careful qualifications:

1.      This is my favorite play in the whole world, and I am probably not
very objective; sometimes even a bad version of the play will move me
(this one, however, is not my idea of 'bad'!)-- even the awful Lincoln
Center farcical production has my attention!

2. There are several choices in the play that I don't agree with --
notably the rather harsh opinion the director seems to hold toward Sir
Toby (for example, he cut the line that best show Toby's awareness that
he is sorry for going too far in his punishment of Malvolio).

I did love the film, especially the incredibly sensitive Viola (my
favorite character in Shakespeare, natch). I was very happy to see a
really Puritan Malvolio, rather than a "tragic" one; Sir Andrew was
marvelously real, not the usual cardboard "geck and gull;" and Helena
Bohnam-Carter was an absolutely delightful surprise (who'd have ever
thought of casting her as Olivia!?)!

I teach the play to my advanced acting class, and use the film and
several stage versions in my lessons. My student's generally like this
version best.

Thanks for bringing it up,

Paul E. Doniger
The Gilbert School

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From:           David Bishop <
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Date:           Sunday, 17 Sep 2000 15:54:40 -0400
Subject: 11.1736 Trevor Nunn's Twelfth Night Film
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1736 Trevor Nunn's Twelfth Night Film

I saw Nunn's 12th Night a few months ago and have to count myself among
the dissenters. Aside from not liking some of the script cutting--and
the new additions--I found the lead actress dull, Aguecheek also
miscast, and Feste aggressively despondent. I did like Helena Bonham
Carter as Olivia, and Nigel Hawthorne's Malvolio was good though
overstudied. But the main problem was the direction. The rich sets and
costumes, and especially the overfast cutting make it far too visually
busy. The lines get lost. Not as lost as in Almereyda's new Hamlet, but
still too lost. I don't recommend a bare stage and all closeups either,
but somewhere I think there must be a better balance.

David

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From:           Yvonne Bruce <
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Date:           Monday, 18 Sep 2000 07:01:02 -0400
Subject:        Trevor Nunn's Twelfth Night

There was a discussion of this film more recently than a few years
ago--early this summer, I think? I commented on it at some length (I
don't care for it at all), and it has stirred discussion on the list
from time to time, all of which is archived and will provide Ms. Masson,
I hope, with good food for thought. Of course, if the discussion gets
going again, I certainly wouldn't mind blasting it once more.

Yvonne Bruce
 

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