Directed by Julie Taymor.
Starring Kathryn Hunter, David Harewood, Tina Benko, Lilly Englert, Mandi Masden, Jake Horowitz, Max Casella, and Zach Appelman.
Julie Taymor’s filming of her stage production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s comedies, but under Julie Taymor’s direction, that dream becomes an unnerving nightmare. Stage productions rarely seem to pass onto physical media but, after making the rounds in cinemas, Kino Lorber’s DVD release comes as a special treat. Midsummer’s always been full of dark elements, and sinister interactions, but the party atmosphere made it easier to swallow. Taymor realizes parties only look like celebrations, and when the music speeds up, the revelry pulls you in, ignoring the urge to run way.
Shakespeare’s lines still carry humor, and Taymor’s production is faithful, but darkness is