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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Theseus - Duke of Athens
... Hippolyta - Queen of the Amazons - Betrothed to Theseus
... Philostrate - Master of Revels to Theseus
... Lysander - In Love with Hermia
... Demetrius - In Love with Hermia
... Hermia - In Love with Lysander (as Olivia de Haviland)
... Helena - In Love with Demetrius
... Egeus - Father to Hermia
... Quince - the Carpenter
... Snug - the Joiner
... Bottom - the Weaver
... Flute - the Bellows-Mender
... Snout - the Tinker
... Starveling - the Tailor
... Epilogue
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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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| (edited) | (with overture and exit music)

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Trivia

As Austrian-born director Max Reinhardt didn't speak English, William Dieterle acted as his interpreter and co-director. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Theseus - Duke of Athens: Hippolyta, I wooed you with my sword and won your love, doing thee injuries. But, I will wed you in another key: with pomp, with triumph, and with reveling.
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The fairies Pease-Blossom, Cobweb, Moth and Mustard-Seed are onscreen in the character list, but not the actors who portrayed them. See more »

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Version of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Spinning Song
(1847) (uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Adapted by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performed by women's chorus
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You will believe in fairies
1 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

I came across this movie one rainy afternoon on TV. Jimmy Cagney doing Shakespeare? Surely not! My expectations were, frankly, low. We English are a bit funny about Shakespeare, as you can imagine, and the thought of the dirty rat as one of the bard's greatest comic creations was worrying, to say the least. The whole film is, however, magical. I laughed out loud at the wall joke, even though I knew what was coming, and Roony's Puck was, as another contributor says, probably his best performance. Bottom's realisation that he is now the proud possessor of an ass's head is quite affecting. It's Titania's fairies, though, that make this such a wonderful experience. I have seen this a couple of times since that rainy afternoon, and am always convinced that it will not live up to my expectations. It always does, though. The sheer beauty of the scene where the fairies awake is, as we say over here, gob-smacking. I am sure that this could never be done with such picturesque quality in colour. I had this on tape for a long time, and then I lent it to some eejit who erased it. I scan the listings every week to see if it's on TV, and when it is I shall make sure that it never leaves my possession.


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