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More Strange Than True (2016)

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After beheading her husband, Queen Titiana takes over the mystical woods where lost souls and ghouls wander about confused in this surrealist film inspired by William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

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Benjamin Rider

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Benjamin Rider, William Shakespeare (inspired by his play "A Midsummer Night's Dream")
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Credited cast:
Louise Tyler Louise Tyler ... Queen Titiana
Niels Hanrath ... Puck
Richard Zanik ... King Oberon / Young Man
Matthew Hartley ... Luke
Laurie Field Laurie Field ... Beattrice
Clarissa Hagan ... Matilda
Richard Summers-Calvert ... Snuggle
Makenna Guyler ... Heden
Ethan Taylor Ethan Taylor ... Corn
Emily Stride Emily Stride ... Helena
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katie Beudert ... Mourner / Young Woman
Julie Binysh ... Cobweb 1 / Cobweb 2
Paulina Brahm ... Luna
Kirsty-Marie Day Kirsty-Marie Day ... Poet
Claire De Boer ... Vivian
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After beheading her husband, Queen Titiana takes over the mystical woods where lost souls and ghouls wander about confused in this surrealist film inspired by William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

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The scene between Vivian and Puck was substantially longer originally. It was shortened during post-production. See more »

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References 4 Devils (1928) See more »

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19 September 2017 | by juanpablo-426-732829See all my reviews

This is frankly an awful film. Shakespeare must be turning in his grave, as More Strange Than True poorly draws on A Midsummer's Nights Dream for inspiration. It's difficult to summarise the film as the writing is sloppy, badly constructed, awkward and incoherent at the best of times. The auteur doesn't understand the play, which is why the experiment fails. So bad textual analysis.

Admittedly, the film did seem promising at first. Experimental Shakespeare, indie, along with the whole double exposing idea etc. In reality, it's a bunch of people regurgitating badly written dialogue in a basement. No variation. The actors are talented but deliver the lines as if they were on stage. So bad direction of the actors. The auteur, by the way, doesn't know how to double expose properly or use lighting, so it makes it very hard to watch. So bad cinematography.

On a technical level, I wouldn't know where to begin. Lots of mistakes.

Interestingly, after reading the reviews from its defenders below, it is clear that the film needs to be explained in order to be understood. This means it fails. A good filmmaker should never need to explain his/her work for it to be understood and, of course, a bad filmmaker will blame the audience for not understanding. As far as experimental or being original goes, the idea is okay. As far as execution goes, impressively poor directing. Amateur, passionate film making, if I am to be kind. I won't be wasting my time on the director's other works.


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