SHAKESPEARE FILM SERIES Friday, April 26. 7 pm

Join us to see an entertaining Shakespeare film, on our large screen digital projector system. There will be treats, and casual discussion after for anyone interested.

12th Night Cast

APRIL 26.   7 pmHappy Birthday, Will Shakespeare!  449 years old, and still speaking.

Enjoy one of the world’s Great Comedies, hilarious,  with a bitter-sweet tang.

We present for you — A tale of Shipwrecks, Identical Twins, Gender-Bending, Mistaken Passions, a Wise Fool, a Sour Puritan who gets his Comeuppance. All set in the mythic Duchy of Illyria.

Viola is cast ashore in Illyria.  She disguises herself as a boy and becomes page to Duke Orsino.  Her disguise does not prevent her from falling in love with the dashing Duke.  Not realizing this, the Duke sends his new page “boy” to present his love suite to Olivia, who has refused him previously.  Olivia still isn’t interested in the Duke’s attentions, but she does fall in love with this “boy” sent to court her.   Uh-oh…

Meanwhile Olivia’s officious sourpuss butler, Malvolio (the original killjoy), has a clever (and cruel) practical joke played on him by Olivia’s drunken uncle, Sir Toby Belch and his boozing buddies. What follows is one of the most famous and funniest sequences in literature.  Malvolio deserves some ridicule, but do they take the joke too far?

And don’t forget the sly jester Feste who knows more than he’s telling, but still makes wisecracks that will get him in trouble.  He sees everything that’s going on in crazy Illyria.  And he can sing a very memorable tune too.

It’s crazy and fun already, but then Viola’s Identical Twin Brother shows up (hey, it’s a comedy).  Nobody knows who’s-who, or where their love is correctly bestowed.  There’s non-stop confusion and humor, until of course everything works out in the end.  (Almost everything, anyway.)

It’s a warm, wise, and superbly performed story.  With charming music, hilarious humor, and a little food for thought too.

Featuring wonderful performances by – Ben Kingsley, Helena Bonham-Carter, Imogen Stubbs, Richard E, Grant, Imelda Staunton. Directed by acclaimed director Trevor Nunn.

“Give them wisdom that have it.  And those that are fools, let them use their talents.”

Our movie licensing does not allow us to advertise the title of films we show. A call to the library at 715-762-3121 will let you know for certain the title of this film. That is, if you haven’t already guessed it.


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Founded in 1906, the Park Falls Public Library is a community center for literature, arts, and entertainment. We serve the Northwoods communities of Park Falls, Fifield, Butternut, Phillips, Springstead, and Glidden.
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