Down 29,964 this week

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959)
"Sen noci svatojánské" (original title)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 188 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 1 critic

The first puppet kinescope in the world. It is based on the famous poetic comedy by William Shakespeare. Three worlds meet in this story: the noble world of three Athens couples, a common ... See full summary »


0Check in

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns a classy 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 388 titles
created 09 Jan 2012
a list of 253 titles
created 10 Apr 2012
a list of 181 titles
created 22 Dec 2012
list image
a list of 21 titles
created 09 Mar 2014
list image
a list of 528 titles
created 25 Sep 2014

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959)

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

User Polls

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A boy dreams the play. Authority in Athens is shaky: Hermia rejects her father's choice, the Duke backs her father, and the Duchess sides with Hermia. Dad's choice, Demetrius, pursues ... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Noble
Stars: Lindsay Duncan, Alex Jennings, Desmond Barrit
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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 »

Directors: William Dieterle, Max Reinhardt
Stars: James Cagney, Dick Powell, Ian Hunter
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young martial artist is caught between respecting his pacifist father's wishes or stopping a group of disrespectful foreigners from stealing precious artifacts.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Jackie Chan, Ho-Sung Pak, Lung Ti
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A film adaptation of William Shakespeare's famous play in which four lovers sort out their problems with the help of fairies at midnight in the forest of Athens.

Director: Peter Hall
Stars: Derek Godfrey, Barbara Jefford, Nicholas Selby
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A commander receives a citation for an attack on Rommel's headquarters, which is actually undeserved as the commander is unfit for his job. On top of that, unbeknownst to him, his wife is having an affair with one of his officers.

Director: Nicholas Ray
Stars: Richard Burton, Curd Jürgens, Ruth Roman
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Despite marital problems, English Lord Albert Esketh and his rich American socialite wife Lady Edwina Esketh travel to India to buy a prize horse from the ruler of Ranchipur.

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Lana Turner, Richard Burton, Fred MacMurray
A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie 1982)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Theseus has defeated Hippolyta in battle, and now claims her as his bride. But before the nuptials begin, a pair of young lovers flee into the forest to be married, pursued by a pair of ... See full summary »

Director: Emile Ardolino
Stars: Diane Venora, James Hurdle, Ricky Jay
Animation | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Excellent stop-motion animation film from one of the best Czech filmmakers, Jirí Trnka. It tells the ancient story of Czechoslovakia, how it was founded by Czech, the Forefather, and a ... See full summary »

Director: Jirí Trnka
Stars: Zdenek Stepánek, Eduard Kohout, Karel Höger
A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie 1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Director: Peter Hall
Stars: Georgine Anderson, Stephanie Bidmead, Michael Blakemore
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A tragic and sentimental story that depicts the early career of the 19th century American actor, Edwin Booth with some mention of the events leading to the assassination of President ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Dunne
Stars: Richard Burton, Maggie McNamara, John Derek
The Fake (2013)
Animation | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A convict returns to his home town to torturing again his family and face his neighbors trying to destroy the local religious fanatics and their plans to keep money from the village people.

Director: Sang-ho Yeon
Stars: Jae-rok Kim, Hae-hyo Kwon, Hee-von Park
Ruka (1965)
Animation | Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A happy little potter is approached by a huge hand which wants him to sculpt its statue. The potter refuses, wanting nothing more than to be left alone with his only friend, a potted plant.... See full summary »

Director: Jirí Trnka


Credited cast:
Quince (voice)
Ann Bell ...
Hermia (voice)
Tom Criddle ...
Lysander (voice)
Récitant / Narrator (French version) (voice)
Laura Graham ...
Hippolyta (voice)
Oberon (voice)
Titania (voice)
Helena (voice)
Hugh Manning ...
Theseus (voice)
Bottom (voice)
Michael Meacham ...
Demetrius (voice)
Stephen Moore ...
Flute (voice)
Rudolf Pellar ...
Narrator (original Czech version) (as R. Pellar)
Roger Shepherd ...
Puck (voice)


The first puppet kinescope in the world. It is based on the famous poetic comedy by William Shakespeare. Three worlds meet in this story: the noble world of three Athens couples, a common popular world of tradesmen amateur theatre and a fairy-tale happiness of magic creatures as elves and nymphs. The film is considered the most remarkable Jirí Trnka's work and a milestone in the history of the world animation. Written by KrátkýFilm

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Release Date:

25 September 1959 (Czechoslovakia)  »

Also Known As:

A Midsummer Night's Dream  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Dream You Won't Want to Wake Up From!
11 November 2002 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Alas, the version I saw was not the one listed here - with narration by Richard Burton and voices dubbed by luminaries of the Royal Shakespeare Company - but an alternative one with a very cloying woman (uncredited, and deservedly so!) who tells the whole story in voiceover. The result was less 'William Shakespeare Presents' than 'Tales for Toddler Time.' Frankly, I don't know why they bothered with narration at all, as Trnka's animation is so magically vivid as to make words superfluous.

In fact, this film is a masterpiece of visual storytelling - a reminder of just how wondrous animation can be when it doesn't insult a viewer's intelligence a la Walt Disney. Indeed, it's surprisingly adult at times. A randy goat (under the influence of magic love potion) tries to rape the fairy Puck. The two runaway lovers, Hermia and Lysander, slip into an eerily vulva-shaped cave to consummate their love. Strange, then, that Trnka cuts out the story's gay element - the desire of the Fairy King Oberon for the changeling boy. Perhaps that was more than Communist-era censors could take.

Otherwise, this is an exemplary reading of the text. Jiri Trnka's visualisation of the Enchanted Forest - every inch of it swathed in moonlight and dripping with rose petals, fairy wings, spying owls - rivals the Baroque splendours of the 1935 Max Reinhardt film. Even the amateur actors' performance of 'Pyramus and Thisbe' (an irksome comic interlude in most stagings) is transformed by Puck's magic into a heart-soaring experience. A must for anyone who loves Shakespeare - or, more important, anyone who doesn't - this is one dream you won't want to wake up from!

David Melville

6 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A beautiful film - wish it were available for purchase mrslivingston
Discuss A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: