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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 film was shot in the summer of 1909 but held back for release on Christmas Day.See more »
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Title Card:The Duke of Athens, soon to be married to Hippolyta, decrees that his subject, Hermia, shall give up her lover, Lysander, and marry Demetrius whom her father has chosen. The lovers decide to elope. They are followed by Demetrius and Helena in love with Demetrius.
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Confusing., 7 October 2009
Author: JoeytheBrit from www.moviemoviesite.com

This adaptation of Shakespeare's play was one of Vitagraph's prestige productions from 1909. Like all adaptations of the Bard, it's pretty confusing if you don't know the play – and possibly not too clear even if you do. Vitagraph attempts to keep the viewer up to speed with what's taking place on screen with lengthy titles which don't really help at all. The film makes good use of real locations – mostly a forest near to the studio, and there is also some reasonably impressive (for the time) trick photography. The ass's head however is something of a disappointment it has to be said – I've seen better at school plays. The last third of the film has been lost apparently, but I honestly don't think that will affect your viewing pleasure too much.

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