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A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)

PG | | Comedy | 16 July 1982 (USA)
A wacky inventor and his wife invite two other couples for a weekend party at a romantic summer house in the 1900s countryside.

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Centred around a weekend party at the home of inventor Andrew Hobbs and his wife Adrian, attended by randy doctor Maxwell Jordan, his nurse Dulcy, renowned philosopher Dr.Leopold Sturgis and his fiancée, this is a light comedy concerning their various emotional, intellectual and sexual entanglements, loosely based on Ingmar Bergman's 'Smiles of a Summer Night' . Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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The film was made concurrently with Zelig (1983). Woody Allen has said: "And I wrote the script in two weeks. Just this simple story, like a-day-in-the-country for fun. And I thought, Why should I wait? I'll do them both at the same time. What's the difference? And I did". According to Mia Farrow, "There were days when we shot scenes from two or three different films". The third movie was Broadway Danny Rose (1984). According to Farrow, Lorraine LoBianco at the TCMDb reports that "Allen worked on A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982) during the summer, back-to-back with Zelig (1983), which was to begin shooting in the fall. Both films took longer than anticipated and overlapped with Broadway Danny Rose (1984), which in turn ran into The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)". See more »

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About thirteen minutes into the movie, a crew member is visible crouched by a tree, as a deer runs through the woods. See more »

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Ariel: He taught me a lot...
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Die schöne Müllerin, D795 No.2: 'Wohin?
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Written by Franz Schubert
Played on piano by Adrian and sung by José Ferrer
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Allen's country comedy

The movie takes place in the early 1900's.Inventor Andrew Hobbs and his wife Adrian are having a party party at their home in the country.They have invited Adrian's cousin, an aging philosopher Leopold and his younger fiancée Ariel, a randy doctor Maxwell and his date Dulcy, who's a nurse.During the weekend these people feel like cheating on their companions.Also some spirits come interfering their weekend in the country.Woody Allen does solid work as the writer, director and main actor in A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy from 1982.It's loosely based on Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night.For Mia Farrow this was the first time with Woody of the thirteen movies she made with him.She didn't deserve that Razzie Award nomination.José Ferrer is great as Leopold.Julie Hagerty is very good as Dulcy, the free-thinking nurse.Tony Roberts is terrific as Maxwell.Mary Steenburgen does very good job as the wife Adrian.In this movie Allen goes very Shakespearian showing all those spirits going wild.The movie is better than its reputation.It's quite a delight to watch Allen with that flying device and taking Farrow for a ride.Also the magic lantern is quite an invention.The conversations they have with each other over the table is just enjoyable to listen.On the music department we hear some great stuff by Felix Mendelssohn.Allen's not close to his best here, but it has a lot of good.


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