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Re: Nunn's Twelfth Night
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0378  Thursday, 15 February 2001

[1]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 14 Feb 2001 12:38:25 -0800
        Subj:   SHK 12.0372 Re: Nunn's Twelfth Night

[2]     From:   Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 14 Feb 2001 14:37:52 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0372 Re: Nunn's Twelfth Night


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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Wednesday, 14 Feb 2001 12:38:25 -0800
Subject: Re: Nunn's Twelfth Night
Comment:        SHK 12.0372 Re: Nunn's Twelfth Night

Mr. Weinstein writes:

>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

May I suggest that neither Shakespeare nor Trev Nunn felt they must
slavishly follow the Aristotelean model with this play?  Shakespeare, of
course, left us no media interviews, but Nunn has.  They are revealing,
and I suggest consulting them.  There is also the introduction he wrote
to the published screenplay, Penguin Books, London, 1999, I think.

Mike Jensen

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From:           Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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Date:           Wednesday, 14 Feb 2001 14:37:52 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 12.0372 Re: Nunn's Twelfth Night
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0372 Re: Nunn's Twelfth Night

>Imogen Stubbs is a sweet young woman, but
>no Judi Dench or
>Dorothy Tutin

This seems an apples/oranges comparison.  No, Stubbs is by no means in
the same class as Dench or Tutin, but give her another 30 years and she
might be.

The problem is that Viola calls for BOTH a "sweet young woman" AND and
what Charles Weinstein, quite poetically, identifies as a sense of the
"numinous or redemptive."  A tall order, especially as (in my very
biased opinion) that sense of the numinous in some ways grows with age
and experience.  I spent a few minutes just now playing Fantasy Casting
Director, and no appropriate actress springs to my mind.

Does anyone else have any ideas?

Cheers,
Karen Peterson-Kranz
 

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