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Movie Review of Twelfth Night

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Introduction

The BBC's Twelfth Night: a review In this essay, I am going to review the first four scenes of Act 1 in the BBC's movie adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. I will look at the acting, casting, diction, set, music, costume and camera work to analyse if it was successful in compiling a movie from a piece of outstanding literature from William Shakespeare. A play read and a play performed are two entirely different things; nature, reactions and tones of characters become paramount in the movies (and sometimes in theatre). The BBC's production makes some interesting choices in how characters behave and relate and uses many different camera angles. First of all, Viola (played by Felicity Kendal) appears at first as a shipwreck survivor. I think this is not clearly shown and without the speech it would be impossible to tell that Viola and the captain had just survived a shipwreck. ...read more.

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There seems to be some homosexual comments made by Orsino directed at Cesario: 'Diana's lip is not more smooth and rubious...' (I.iv.31-2). Orsino also says that everything about Cesario is feminine; however these comments could be compliments as he pins all his hopes on Cesario/Viola. The music at the start of scene one was dull and when it was stopped playing it didn't make us (the audience) want to hear more of it. This was poorly done. The set for Orsino's house gives us an idea of how 'posh' he is; there is a huge tapestry in his wall and we also see large windows (windows were taxed for at the time). Orsino also has a large number of servants that are grandly dressed. The camera work for the conversation between Viola (Cesario) and Orsino is excellent. First of all, we have a long shot as Orsino walks in; this is followed by an over shoulder shot which looks over the shoulder of Viola at Orsino. ...read more.

Conclusion

Feste provides quick wit; his sayings such as a 'good hanging prevents a bad marriage' increase the humour. He too seems joyful. The four characters we have met so far in Olivia's household, all have a common theme 'fun'. Their innocence makes them likeable characters despite their sometimes unnecessary actions. The set for Olivia's house is not as 'rich' as Orsino's; there are no huge tapestries or windows but still it is clear to see that she is a wealthy woman. Here, there are fewer servants and they aren't so grandly dressed. The camera work for the conversations in this household is similar to that in Orsino's but we see no close-up shots. To sum up, this adaptation has been fairly well done; however there are mistakes in the choice of music and cast. The purpose is unclear but however the camera work, set and acting has been superbly done at times. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ravi Ramesh: Movie Review Homework: October 2007: page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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