One wonders how the intricate crossplotting in William Shakespeare's +Twelfth Night could have been concentrated into a mere 14 minutes' worth of screen time. Then again, the Vitagraph studios had been churning out one-reel Shakespearean adaptations for years -- in 1908 alone, the company made seven such films. Eliminating several secondary characters and relying heavily upon subtitles, this version of Twelfth Night played surprisingly well. The highlight, as ever, was the moment in which the lovestruck servant Malvolio appeared in yellow cross-garters before his outraged mistress Olivia (a scene apparently filmed in New York's Central Park). The cast included Julia Swayne Gordon as Olivia, Charles Kent as Malvolio, and Marin Sais as the cross-dressing heroine Viola.
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