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this is a glorious production,
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This review is from: Twelfth Night [DVD]  (DVD)
the comedy is funny: the romantic scenes are moving: the shipwreck is scary...
trevor nunn's movie is a great translation into film. film's capacity for clear story telling makes this more realistic and believable than shakespeare's gender-confused comedies can sometimes seem.
and the realism only seems to highlight shakespeare's magic: the dialogue is laugh out loud funny: the scenes between imogen stubbs androgynous viola and helena bonham carter's gorgeous olivia take your breath away; the dialogue between toby belch and malvolio bring a darker, crueller comedy. ben kingsley's feste has the magical, anarchic quality of the wise fool, and the gender mix-ups are just a wee bit transgressive.
an outstanding, intelligent, humane, and above all funny production of this great comedy.