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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968)

The adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interactions with fairies come to light in a moonlit forest.

Director:

Peter Hall

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Godfrey Derek Godfrey ... Theseus
Barbara Jefford ... Hippolyta
Nicholas Selby Nicholas Selby ... Egeus
Hugh Sullivan Hugh Sullivan ... Philostrate
David Warner ... Lysander
Diana Rigg ... Helena
Michael Jayston ... Demetrius
Helen Mirren ... Hermia
Paul Rogers ... Bottom
Sebastian Shaw ... Quince
Bill Travers ... Snout
Clive Swift ... Snug
Donald Eccles ... Starveling
John Normington ... Flute
Ian Richardson ... Oberon
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The adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interactions with fairies come to light in a moonlit forest.

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le songe d'une nuit d'été See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Don Henderson's first film role. See more »

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Bottom: Reason and love keep little company together nowadays.
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A Hard Day's Midsummer Night's Dream
24 January 2000 | by gjf221bSee all my reviews

The Bard and the Royal Shakespeare Company fight the Swinging '60s to a respectable draw in this production, which does feature nearly all of the text of the play, splendidly _ if often frenetically _ delivered. Director Peter Hall couldn't quite come up with a film equivalent of his famous stage production, which featured modern dress, a stark white set, and imaginative use of trapezes. Instead he picked an approach heavily influenced by the French New Wave and its English imitators, notably Richard Lester. There's lots of jangly, abrupt editing _ which sometimes, as intended, captures the supernatural flitting of the fairies, and sometimes is just annoying. There's lots of talking to the camera, and a certain catch-as-catch-can attitude: shots don't match up, and, although the main action is supposed to take place at night, there's sometimes no effort to disguise the sunlight streaming through the trees. (Of course, perhaps some of this was the result not of artistic decisions, but merely of haste and a tiny budget.) It's somehow a very '60s Athens _ Hermia and Helena wear cute miniskirts, the four lovers get so twig-torn and mud-spattered that they look like refugees from Woodstock, and the fairies look like green-skinned members of a back-to-nature commune. For all the eccentricities, this festive but haunting play is done straight and done well, and the cast ranges from solid to splendid. The two standouts are Diana Rigg (Helena) and Judi Dench (Titania) _ and this is your one and only chance to see the former sucking her thumb and the latter wearing an outfit (consisting mainly of body paint and flecks of vegetation) that Blaze Starr might have found drafty.


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