Archives for Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night (1996) directed by Trevor Nunn

  Starring Imogen Stubbs, Helena Bonham-Carter, Ben Kingsley, Toby Stephens, and Nigel Hawthorne reviewed (again) 2010 by John Murphy (for John’s 2004 review, click here) One of the nice things about writing a blog is that nothing is set in stone. A review in print tends to make an author’s opinion (arrived at via contingency’s endless byways) seem inevitable and complete, like a Papal Bull or a design etched in acid. We all know this isn’t the case, but since writers rarely have the chance to revise opinions after publication, the printed opinion must stand, rather like an awkward-looking sentinel
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Twelfth Night (1999) directed by Tim Supple

Twelfth Night, or What You Will. Or What Tim Supple Will. Shakespeare's witty comedy, featuring some of the Bard's supplest lines, is drained of any vim, vigor, or vivacity in this dreary made-for-TV production. Distributed as a double-feature with Michael Bogdanov's excellent Macbeth, Twelfth Night is worth a spin for its eye-candy production design, committed performances, and occasionally interesting conceits. For the most part, however, it's a slow-going, humorless affair.
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