Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Twelfth Night - 1910

Country: USA
Language: English (intertitles)
Directors: Eugene Mullin, Charles Kent
Writers: William Shakespeare (play), Eugene Mullin (scenario)
Stars: Julia Swayne Gordon, Charles Kent and Florence Turner
Release Date: 5 February 1910 (USA)
Production Co: Vitagraph Company of America
Plot Keywords: William Shakespeare | Shakespeare's Twelfth Night | Based On Play | Number In Title
Genres: Short | Comedy | Drama | Romance
When Viola and her twin brother Sebastian are shipwrecked and separated, Viola dresses in her brother's clothes and becomes a page in the palace of the Duke of Orsino. Thinking Viola is a boy, the Duke sends her with a message to Olivia, whom he loves. A series of complications begins when Olivia falls in love with the page 'boy'.
This concise telling of the Shakespeare play runs for around 12 minutes and is well worth seeing - covering most of the action, the shipwreck, Malvolio and the letter, the duel between Andrew and 'Cesario', the meeting of Olivia and 'Cesario' and the final resolve of all muddles. Just a lovely little film!

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