Friday, July 6, 2012

Comic Relief: Much Ado About Nothing

This is one of my favorite scenes in Much Ado About Nothing (1993). Leonato (Richard Briers), Claudio (Robert Sean Leanard), and Don Pedro (Denzel Washington) purposely speak loud enough for Benedick (Kenneth Branagh) to overhear, fooling him into believing Beatrice loves him.  (Up until this point Beatrice and Benedick have hardly had a civil word to say to each other.)  The astonishment and excitement of Benedick as he sneaks around in the background, eavesdropping, makes me laugh.

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