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Twelfth Night [1969] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Tommy Steele, Ralph Richardson, Alec Guinness, Joan Plowright, Gary Raymond
  • Directors: John Sichel
  • Writers: William Shakespeare
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 4 May 2009
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LQW690
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,464 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A star-studded cast comes together to perform Shakespeare's famous comedy of misunderstandings. Handsome Duke Orsino (Gary Raymond)'s attempts to woo the beautiful Olivia (Adrienne Corri) go awry when she falls in love with his intermediary. This page is in fact Viola (Joan Plowright), a girl in disguise, who herself loves Orsino. Matters are complicated by the arrival of Viola's twin brother, whom she believes to be dead. Meanwhile, the boisterous Sir Toby Belch (Ralph Richardson), effete Andrew Aguecheek (John Moffatt) and Olivia's maid, Maria (Sheila Reid), conspire with Feste (Tommy Steele), a clown, to humiliate the arrogant Malvolio (Alec Guinness), head of Olivia's household. This was originally screened in 1969 as part of the ITV Saturday Night Theatre series.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 May 2008
Format: DVD
Koch Vision and BBC presents "TWELFTH NIGHT" (6 January 1969) (103 mins/Color) (Dolby Digital) --- Splendidly acted -- Award winning performances --- In 1969 this version of William Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT reached U.K. television screens --- The production, which was directed by John Dexter and John Sichel, includes an all-star cast, with Alec Guinness in the role of Malvolio and Joan Plowright playing Viola plus Gary Raymond and John Moffat

The story line and plot, Separated in a storm at sea, twins Viola and Sebastian are washed ashore on different parts of the coast of Illyria, each believing the other to be drowned. To protect herself in this unknown land, Viola disguises herself as a young man, Cesario, and enters the service of Duke Orsino --- This1969 production features Joan Plowright played both Viola and Sebastian, with Stratford alumnus Alec Guinness as Malvolio, Ralph Richardson as Sir Toby Belch and, in a notorious example of "stunt" casting, the pop singer Tommy Steele as Feste --- How much better can it get.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Shakespeare on 13 May 2010
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This is a beautifully edited film, faithful to Shakespeare and to stage tradition, starring by far the finest cast ever assembled for Twelfth Night on film. Sir Alec Guinness is a magnificent, multi-layered Malvolio who sounds the spectrum from first rate physical comedy, to pompous wit, to puritan self-righteous fury (very timely for understanding current right-wing fanaticism). Sir Ralph Richardson enshrines on film one of his most famous interpretations, Sir Toby Belch, who is certainly not just a slapstick buffoon as in other productions. Add Dame Joan Plowright as Viola, Tommy Steele as an unorthodox Fool, and a uniformly seasoned Shakespearean troop, to achieve what I find the best translation of a Shakespearean comedy to film I have ever seen. I have shown this film to generations of university students in undergraduate and graduate classes, and find it always sets off a deep controversy which goes to the heart of Shakespeare's mystery. Suffice it to say that this production alone, of all that have been filmed, does what it is supposed to do: set the stage for King Lear.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scampo TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Sep 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I teach this play and wanted a version with subtitles - sadly there doesn't seem to be one. For learning a Shakespeare play, subtitles are mandatory in my view. But, this play is a very good film version with well-enunciated diction that allows each word to be heard properly. It's enjoyable, too, despite its age. Highly recommended!
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By Tre on 14 Nov 2013
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I have been collecting as many Shakespeare plays as I can find, Joan Plowright is amazing, never seen her as a young actress.
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