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Twelfth Night [VHS]

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  • Actors: Richard Briers, Caroline Langrishe
  • Directors: Kenneth Branagh
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Pearson Television International Ltd
  • VHS Release Date: 11 Sept. 2000
  • Run Time: 156 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CLD3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,473 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Kenneth Branagh directs the Renaissance Theatre Company in this performance of Shakespeare's comedy. After being separated from her twin brother in a shipwreck, Viola disguises herself as a boy and finds employment with the Duke Orsino, who uses her as a go-between in his attempted wooing of the Lady Olivia. Olivia becomes smitten with Viola, however, who has herself fallen in love with Orsino! Meanwhile, Viola's pompous steward, Malvolio (Richard Briers), falls prey to a cruel deception on the part of Feste the jester and the wassailing ne'er-do-well Sir Toby Belch.

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I have only recently been re-introduced to Shakespeare, after years of hating him because of the way my teachers presented it at school. I have just this evening re-watched Twelfth Night - the version with Richard Briers in it - he, as ever, is a great character. I enjoyed the other actors as well and would like to say that the diction of the actors is so clear that it doesn't matter that there are no subtitles. Shakespearean English is now quite clear to me. Thanks. Gwen
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Brannagh explores some of the sadder aspects of this play which gives the production real depth. That it's entirely set outdoors in snowy winter is disconcerting at first, but soon becomes part of the fabric. This is a quality production with a great cast, especially Anton Lesser as the fool.
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This is the most successful - in fact absolutely outstanding - attempt to capture Shakespeare on film. Most productions fail because they become bombastic (think of Kenneth Branagh's efforts, and alas even those of Olivier and Gielgud) whereas this one succeeds because it is perfectly intimate. Every role is cast appropriately. Richard Briers, who is not an actor I'd think of when casting Shakespeare, does wonderfully here - so unlike his performances elsewhere. Even Shakespeare's rather lame "comedy" sections are pulled off and provide just the right counterpoint to the main story line. I first saw this version nearly two and a half decades ago and was spellbound throughout. Now, owning it on DVD and being able to watch it again and again I confess I am just as much spellbound on the tenth time of viewing as I was on the very first. This is a must-own for anyone who enjoys Shakespeare, anyone who enjoys fine acting, and anyone who loves an absolutely brilliant production.
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Richard Briers is wonderful as Malvolio. For any fan of his who was saddened by his recent death, this is well worth the money.
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The best version I know of this fine and charming Shakespeare play is the Trevor Nunn movie. It is by far the best acting and presentation and as this is my favourite Shakespeare play, I'm pretty fussy anyway.

This version of Twelfth Night is OK. It's very watchable. It all depends how you like the play done and which characters you like and how they are cast, doesn't it, since Shakespeare's so versatile. But Orsino is my favourite character and if he's not cast as I like, and this one he isn't as I see Orsino at all, so I quickly got pretty frustrated. This sadly is my main recollection of the movie which I first saw some years back, then tried to watch again after seeing the Trevor Nunn movie, but quickly gave up on it.
I really don't see Orsino as a dismal lovesick wet mooning about flowers. Nothing wrong with liking flowers but Orsino is clearly meant to be a battle leader - he's the Duke, after all, the Dukedom's leader, who's been engaged in a war with Messaline. Trevor Nunn's version very cleverly has Orsino recovering from a wound on his arm, probably a sword slash. So we could expect him to have been feverish for a while. No wonder then that he's resting quite a bit. Now that's the right kind of approach. Manly whilst in love and when this Orsino talks about flowers, it's fine. The Beeb version comes closer although that Orsino's still pretty wet and in that one I disliked the presentation of Viola.

I've been disappointed in all the Branagh Shakespeare movies. So this one is no exception. But they are still very well worth watching as this one is. It would be hard to ruin a Shakespeare play?
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The pace is very slow; the production is bizarre;and the acting is humourless. From start to finish(if you can stand it for 2.5 hours) this film is dire. No effort has been made to use the medium of film effectively and as a result the performance is entirely unengaging. I wasted my money. Don't make the same mistake.
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Twelfth noght was chosen for a SAT exam in my school.Reading it and looking at the characters carefully , i wanted to see how the video might actually be like and when i watched it without a shadow of a doubt this is the best shakespeare play to come on tv.
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one of Shakespeare's best! really hilarious!
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