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Re: Nunn's Twelfth Night
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0325  Monday, 12 February 2001

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        Date:   Friday, 9 Feb 2001 11:40:49 -0500
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        Date:   Friday, 09 Feb 2001 09:08:12 -0800
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From:           Abigail Quart <
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Date:           Friday, 9 Feb 2001 11:40:49 -0500
Subject: 12.0319 Nunn's Twelfth Night
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0319 Nunn's Twelfth Night

I may be the only one here who loves Nunn's Twelfth Night.

Film is a different language from stage. It's visual more than spoken.
Shakespeare used words to convey what is now doable with a visual
flashback, a panoramic scenery shot, or a close up. In Henry V, Branagh
reduced a long verbal duel to a moment with a glove and it was a perfect
translation. His film of Hamlet uses the entire script and I loathe it,
maybe because it fails to translate the text into the visual medium but
tries to have the visual language running alongside.

Like any director, Nunn picks and chooses what to emphasize. He
highlights the brother/sister relationship. I still feel his Twelfth
Night is an excellent translation of the play.

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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Friday, 09 Feb 2001 09:08:12 -0800
Subject: 12.0319 Nunn's Twelfth Night
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0319 Nunn's Twelfth Night

Just a brief note to Todoroko before I run off to jog in the
(unseasonal) snow.  I enjoyed elements of Trevor Nunn's Twelfth Night,
but what struck me most forcefully was the ending, where just about
everyone was sent packing, and the society of Illyria becomes (we
assume, is restored to) some sort of familiar Victorian shape.

This seems to explain the title, since twelfth night was the last night
of festivities in Christmas.  The carnival is ending, and perhaps it's
been going on a little too long.

Cheers,
Se

 

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