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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) Poster

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Some of the orchestral score is from Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's 1843 incidental music for this William Shakespeare play. It has also been used in Frederick Ashton's 1964 ballet adaptation of the play, "The Dream", and in George Balanchine's ballet version of the play. The 1935 film version of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) also used generous chunks of Mendelssohn's music.
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This is Michelle Pfeiffer's first attempt at Shakespeare since her debut as an actress in a New York stage production of Twelfth Night.
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Take a look at what some of the other performers are rehearsing while the Mechanicals are waiting for word from the Duke. One group of players are rehearsing Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and another pair of players are rehearsing a scene from William Shakespeare's play Othello.
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Director Michael Hoffman's first exposure to the play was in college in Boise, Idaho when he played Lysander.
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Bottom's wife does not appear in the play. She was added to this production to show an unhappy life and make his character more sympathetic.
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The action of the play is transplanted from Athens, Greece to the fictional Italian city of Monte Athens.
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The first time we see Bottom, a donkey is passing in front of him. This foreshadows his transformation later in the film.
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