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Dvenadtsataia noch. [Twelfth Night, or What You Will] (1955, Yakov Fried)

TitleDvenadtsataia noch. [Twelfth Night, or What You Will]
Release LocationsUSSR
DirectorYakov Fried
MediumColor video
Length1 hrs, 30 mins
Audiencecollege and university
high school
Play ConnectionsTwelfth Night (adaptation)


A "Russianized" version of Twelfth Night with elaborate sets, costumes and sweeping vistas of the coast line. It is culture shock to hear an Elizabethan ballad sung as though the vocalist were a strolling troubadour at the local Russian Tea Room. What the film lacks in faithfulness to the Elizabethan World Picture, it more than compensates for, however, with its rollicking energy and honest enthusiasm for the subject

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

Duke OrsinoV. Medvediev
OliviaAnna Larionova
ClownB. Freindlich
Sir TobyM. Yanshin
Sir Andrew AguecheekG. Vipin
MalvolioV. Merkuriev
FabianS. Flippov
MariaA. Lisyanskava
Sebastian/ViolaKatya Luchko
AntonioS. Lukyanov
Sea CaptainA. Antonov

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorYakov Fried
EditorG. Schirkin
ComposerA. Zhivotov
ScreenplayYakov Fried
SoundB. Hutorianski
PhotographyK. Ryjow
ProductionS. Malkin
SetI. Snoinow
OtherE. Shapiro

Company Overview

Producer Lenfilm

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell