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A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)

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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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Six characters in search of love [Video]


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Comedia sexual de una noche de verano  »

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According to the September-October 1982 edition of "Coming Attractions" (USA) magazine, the movie paid homage "to at least three worthy precursors". These were (1) William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (2) Arthur Schnitzler's "La Ronde" and (3) Ingmar Bergman's "Smiles of a Summer Night", "in a post-Freudian look at sex and shenanigans in a pre-Freudian world". Moreover, according to Paul Brenner at 'Rovi', the film was based upon "Ingmar Bergmans Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) and Jean Renoir's "Rules of the Game" [The Rules of the Game (1939)], whilst Roger Ebert of 'The Chicago Sun-Times' said that the movie "echoes of [William] Shakespeare and of [Ingmar] Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), there are suggestions of John Cheever's 'Wapshots', [E.L.] Doctorow's Ragtime (1981), and Jean Renoir's films". 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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Leopold: So, you're an inventor, hey?
Andrew: Crackpot inventor.
Adrian: Andrew's invented a wedding present for you and Ariel. Tell 'em about that.
Andrew: It's a silly apparatus that takes the bones out of fish, and if you prefer, although there's no point to it, it puts bones in fish.
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Referenced in Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? (1983) See more »

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A Midsummer Night's Dream
(1826)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (as Mendelssohn)
Performed by Eugene Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra (as The Philadelphia Orchestra)
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Manhattan in the woods
30 August 2001 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

When I saw this film I thought it was from Allen's early period and I thought of it as a prototype Manhattan but when I checked the chronology I discovered that it belongs to his middle period and postdates both Annie Hall and Manhattan. It really is like Manhattan set in the woods of New England. As far as I can see, it is his first film with Mia Farrow and his camera is besotted with her as are all the male characters in the film. Mary Steeburgen also looks good although I can never work out whether she really can act or whether she is just having trouble with her contact lenses. The scenes of New England are beautifully shot and are ravishing to look at. I thought the element of mysticism sat uneasily with the rest of the film.

This film is said to be Allen's take on the Bergman film Three Smiles of a Summer Night although I cannot comment on this because I last saw the Bergman film 35 years ago at a student film society. Maybe the mystical element in Allen's film is lifted from Bergman. There are also obvious parallels with A Midsummer Night's Dream with the mortals swapping partners and with spirits flitting about in the woods. In keeping with the subject matter, Allen uses Mendelssohn for the incidental music rather that his usual classic jazz numbers.


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