Twelfth Night

by: William Shakespeare

Movie Adaptations

Twelfth Night was first adapted into a film in 1910, as a silent production. A 1933 film was directed by Orson Welles; it is a recording of a dress rehearsal for a theatrical production rather than a film adaptation, but it is notable for being the first surviving film directed by Welles. A 2006 adaptation called She’s the Man offers a modernized adaptation set in an American high school; it keeps the major plot elements, but not Shakespeare’s language. The film was directed by Andy Fickman and stars Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum.

Twelfth Night, 1996
Director: Trevor Nunn
Notable cast: Ben Kingsley, Helena Bonham Carter

This adaptation is set in the Victorian era and emphasizes the comedy of the play’s many plot twists and misunderstandings. Critics praised the cast’s deep understanding of the material, especially Bonham Carter’s role as the lovestruck Lady Olivia.