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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 30 October 1935 (USA)
Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged with Hermia, but Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius. Oberon and Titania, of the ... See full summary »

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Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged with Hermia, but Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius. Oberon and Titania, of the kingdom of fairies have a slight quarrel about whether or not the boy Titania is raising will join Titania's band or Oberon's, so Oberon tries to get him from her by using some magic. But they're not alone in that forest.Lysander and Hermina have there a rendezvous, Helena and Demetrius are there, too as well as some actors, who are practicing a play for the ongoing wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. Due to some misunderstandings by Puck, the whole thing becomes a little bit confused... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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The production utilized 67 tons of trees, 1500 lbs of rubber, 600,000 yards of cellophane and 650,000 candles. See more »

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Puck: Lord, what fools these mortals be!
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The opening credits appear as if they were "trickling down" from the top of the screen. See more »

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Version of Shakespeare's Globe: A Midsummer Night's Dream (2014) See more »

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Music "An die Entfernte" by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Words by William Shakespeare
Adapted by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performed by Anita Louise (dubbed by Carol Ellis), with female chorus
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A great cinematic introduction to Shakespeare
17 July 1999 | by (Sierra Vista, Arizona) – See all my reviews

Early Hollywood wasn't known for its high-brow culture, and this film was an important step in enriching the cinema. The opening titles reveal how proud Warner Brothers were to have done it, and what a production it was indeed: all the top Warner's stars, the best technical support in the world, a top composer of the day in Erich Korngold, ballet choreography by Nijinska, and the highly respected Max Reinhardt as director. You couldn't have asked for more in those energetic movie days.

And, happily, it works! It's still beautiful, exciting, technically enthralling--and very funny! There are too many great performances to single out even one; but as an ensemble, the "players" are marvelous. No one seems stilted; everyone is right at home; even though most of these individuals hadn't been trained to the classical stage--they were just good! and, incidentally, it just goes to show the timelessness of the play itself.

Some scenes today seem overlong, and I think someone should have toned down little Mickey Rooney a good bit, but all in all it's a triumph. Midsummer or not, it's a sweet interlude.


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