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Re: Nunn's Twelfth Night
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0372  Wednesday, 14 February 2001

From:           Charles Weinstein <
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Date:           Wednesday 14 Feb 2001 08:42:46 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 12.0325 Re: Nunn's Twelfth Night
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0325 Re: Nunn's Twelfth Night

Nunn's film was at least inoffensive, and it gave me some moments of
genuine pleasure.  But where was the transcendence, the feeling of
resolution and reconciliation that makes the endings of Shakespeare's
comedies seem almost a glimpse of a secular heaven (with, to be sure, a
few unreconciled angels staring sadly or hungrily or angrily in from the
margins)?  Imogen Stubbs is a sweet young woman, but no Judi Dench or
Dorothy Tutin:  her excessive diffidence banishes any trace of the
numinous or redemptive.  To say that we no longer believe in those
things is both untrue and a counsel to despair; for it would mean that
we can no longer do justice to Shakespeare.

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