List of the best Shakespeare film adaptations.
She has lost contact with her twin brother, Sebastian, whom she believes to be drowned and with the aid of the Captain, she disguises herself as a young man under the name Cesario, and enters the service of Duke Orsino.
Duke Orsino has convinced himself that he is in love with Olivia, who is mourning the recent deaths of her father and brother. She refuses to see entertainments, be in the company of men, or accept love or marriage proposals from anyone, the Duke included, until seven years have passed.
Duke Orsino then uses 'Cesario' as an intermediary to profess his passionate love before Olivia. Olivia, however, falls in love with 'Cesario', setting her at odds with her professed duty.
In the comic subplot, several characters conspire to make Olivia's pompous steward, Malvolio, believe that Olivia has fallen for him. Sir Toby and Sir Andrew engage themselves in drinking and revelry, thus disturbing the peace of Olivia's household until late into the night, prompting Malvolio to chastise them.
Sir Toby famously retorts, "Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale? They convince Malvolio that Olivia is secretly in love with him by planting a love letter, written by Maria in Olivia's handwriting.
It asks Malvolio to wear yellow stockings cross-gartered, to be rude to the rest of the servants, and to smile constantly in the presence of Olivia.
Malvolio finds the letter and reacts in surprised delight. He starts acting out the contents of the letter to show Olivia his positive response. Olivia is shocked by the changes in Malvolio and agreeing that he seems mad, leaves him to be cared for by his tormentors.
Pretending that Malvolio is insane, they lock him up in a dark chamber.
Feste visits him to mock his insanity, both disguised as a priest and as himself. Meanwhile, Viola's twin, Sebastian, has been rescued by Antonio, a sea captain who previously fought against Orsino, yet who accompanies Sebastian to Illyria, despite the danger, because of his affection for Sebastian.
Sebastian's appearance adds the confusion of mistaken identities to the comedy. Taking Sebastian for 'Cesario', Olivia asks him to marry her, and they are secretly married in a church. Finally, when 'Cesario' and Sebastian appear in the presence of both Olivia and Orsino, there is more wonder and confusion at their physical similarity.
At this point, Viola reveals her identity and is reunited with her twin brother. The play ends in a declaration of marriage between Duke Orsino and Viola, and it is learned that Sir Toby has married Maria. Malvolio swears revenge on his tormentors and stalks off, but Orsino sends Fabian to placate him.
Setting[ edit ] Illyriathe exotic setting of Twelfth Night, is important to the play's romantic atmosphere. Illyria was an ancient region of the Western Balkans whose coast the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea which is the only part of ancient Illyria which is relevant to the play covered from north to south the coasts of modern-day SloveniaCroatiaBosnia and HerzegovinaMontenegroand Albania.
It included the city-state of the Republic of Ragusa which has been proposed as the setting. The names of most of the characters are Italian but some of the comic characters have English names.18 Shakespeare Film Adaptations, Ranked From Worst To Best Joss Whedon's black and white adaptation of this classic Shakespeare comedy is the perfect film to watch on a calm summer night.
Jan 05, · Hollywood Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's beloved comedy that centers around a girl named Viola, washed up on the shore of an unfamiliar coastal town, and her attempts to make a new life for herself/10(6).
"Twelfth Night" - one of William Shakespeare's most wild and raucous romantic comedies - begins when Viola and Sebastian, nearly identical-looking siblings, survive a disaster at sea.
The Guinness Book of Records lists feature-length film and TV versions of William Shakespeare's plays, making Shakespeare the most filmed author ever in any language..
As of July , the Internet Movie Database lists Shakespeare as having writing credit on 1, films, including those under production but not yet released.
The earliest known production is King John from Trevor Nunn’s adaptation of Twelfth Night doesn’t stray too far from the original comedy about mad romances complicated by gender confusion. Nunn set his film in the late 19th century, filmed on location in Cornwall, and cast several major stars, including Richard E.
Grant as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Nigel Hawthorne as Malvolio, and Helena . Reviving Viola: Comic and Tragic Teen Film Adaptations of Twelfth Night ElizabEth KlEtt University of Houston, Clear Lake E arly in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Viola, disguised as the male page Cesario, realizes that she has unintentionally caused Olivia to .