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25 December 1909 (USA) See more »
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In ancient Athens, four young lovers escape into the woods. Meanwhile, tradesmen rehearse a play. All of them suffer from the shenanigans of mischievous fairies. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Charles Kent 
J. Stuart Blackton (co-director)
 
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Eugene Mullin  scenario
William Shakespeare  play

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J. Stuart Blackton .... producer
 

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12 min
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The copy held by the BFI National Archive is incomplete, and ends with the mechanicals beginning their play before Theseus.See more »
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Title Card:Penelope discovers the mischief that has been done. She restores the weaver to his normal shape and happily unites the lovers.
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Fall In Love with what You See, 26 May 2005
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

I'm becoming convinced that it is extremely difficult to bring Shakespeare to film without doing some major translations, at least using modern notions. There's just too much invested in the spoken language itself from whence all the stuff flows that is normally associated with the cinematic.

I've been looking at several silent treatments. Naturally enough, they fall flat. But this one doesn't because it emphasizes the play of the "mechanicals." The abstraction of that play on film, the jumping and gesticulating is along the same lines as ALL the acting of that day, but double.

If you were going to try a film, the best plot device is the play within the play (of any of his plays that have this). And the best abstraction strategy is to just take his existing exaggeration and exaggerate it.

It is all a matter of what you are tricked into falling in love with.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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