Is Viola's disguise as a man believable in the film version of Twelfth Night?You could answer this question if you see Shakespare's Twelfth Night movie that is the 1996 film version.Thank you.

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I guess you are referring to the version that has Imogen Stubbs as Viola and Ben Kingsley as Feste, right? Well, with all of these kinds of questions, I can only refer you to a famous phrase of Samuel Taylor Coleridge who talked of the "willing suspension of disbelief." This is key to remember whenever you watch Shakespeare. Basically it refers to how we as an audience go into a theatre prepared to accept what are obviously glaring errors or inconsistencies in the play. We accept them, laugh at them and "suspend our disbelief" for the purposes of the play. So, most productions of this play can't get a male and female twin to play Sebastian. Firstly we have to accept that two un-like characters are actually alike, and then that a woman actually looks like a man. Having said that though, I do think the director did a great job in selecting two characters who do resemble each other enough to be brother and sister. Viola played Caesario very well, but it is always clear she is a woman - wherein lies a lot of the humour.

damini | Student

i have watched the movie and by judging the look she kind of looks like a boy but when she starts talking she sounds fake.

kim11 | Student

i duno

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