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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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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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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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A Midsummer Night's Dream's cinematic debut a must see thanks to smart editing, 23 October 2016
Author: david-klompas (david.klompas@gmail.com) from Johannesburg, South Africa

Silent films are a strange object of consideration for the contemporary film critic. Some of them are classics, pieces of cinematic art which belong among the best films of all time and which must be seen by any serious film buff. Others are downright dreadful, only valuable as historical objects. It is in-between these two categories where A Midsummer Night's Dream's cinematic debut belongs.

Stage veteran Charles Kent, along with co-director J. Stuart Blackton, does an adequate job at bringing this legendary piece of dramatic literature to the silver screen for the first time. The theatre man brought a few of the bard's plays to the silver screen for the first time, with A Midsummer Night's Dream being his second after Anthony and Cleopatra a year earlier. Being his second adaptation, it doesn't do much in the way of directorial innovation.

However, the editing shows signs of some innovations that were taking place at the time. An early example of special effects was used to transform Bottom's head into an ass, while the fairies are made to appear and disappear using the same splicing effect. For this editing innovation and foresight alone, A Midsummer Night's Dream's cinematic debut is worthwhile.

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