Midsummer Nights Dream

Directed By: Max Reinhardt Starring: James Cagney

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De havilland makes her screen debut in this performance of shakespeare's classic play, which includes ballets by nijinska and a score by mendolssohn.


Studio Warner
SKU 204647805
UPC 012569591226
UPC 14 00012569591226
Format DVD
Release Date 8/14/2007
Rating NR
Sales Rank 2270
Stage Play
Editors Note
Note This lush Hollywood version of Shakespeare's comedy features the music of Felix Mendelssohn. Also, this is the motion picture in which Olivia de Havilland made her screem debut. Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture. Academy Awards: Cinematography, Film Editing.
Plot Summary
Summary A film adaptation of Shakespeare's tale of foolish mortals, squabbling fairies and mismatched lovers.| Most of the play takes place deep in the forest, where a quartet of human lovers have fled: Hermia and Demetrius, happily in love, do not wish to be split up by the law of their land. Hot on their heels are Lysander, out to claim Hermia for his bride, and Helena... hopelessly besotted with Lysander.| Unfortunately, the four get caught up in a battle between Oberon, king of the fairies, and his wife Titania. In order to teach his queen a lesson, Oberon has ordered the sprite Puck to employ magic so that she will fall in love with a country bumpkin... who's been turned into an ass. Puck, however, can't resist using a little of the fairy dust on the troubled mortals. comic confusion follows -- much to the mischievous Puck's delight...
Sight and Sound "[T]he glistening fantasy sequences of the Scherzo and Nocturne, mainly created in camera by Hal Mohr, still breathtaking -- true fairy magic, over the top and beyond." 07/01/2008 p.89
Max Reinhardt
James Cagney
Cast & Crew
Anton Grot - Art Director
Charles Kenyon - Screenplay
Hal B. Wallis - Executive Producer
Hal Mohr - Cinematographer
Jack L. Warner - Executive Producer
James Cagney - Actor
Joe E. Brown - Actor
Mary C. McCall, Jr. - Screenplay
Max Reinhardt - Director
Mickey Rooney - Actor
Olivia De Havilland - Actor
Ralph Dawson - Editor
William Dieterle - Director
William Shakespeare - Based On Play By
Technical Info
Catalog ID 65912
UPC 00012569591226
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 143 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Winner (1936) Oscar, Hal Mohr, Best Cinematography,Oscar, Ralph Dawson, Best Film Editing
Nominee (1936) Oscar, Sherry Shourds, Best Assistant Director,Oscar, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Best Picture
ReviewSource FilmsGraded.com
Review A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy, and a rather strange one at that. All the characters are played for laughs except for Oberon, who is amusing despite his stern demeanor due to his outlandish costume. Cagney, Brown, Herbert, Rooney, and Powell are particularly campy. Powell has trouble keeping a straight face, while young Rooney is simply embarrassing as camera mugging troublemaker Puck. Rooney broke his leg in a sledding accident during a hiatus in the production. When shooting resumed, his scenes were filmed while he was stationed on a bicycle, hidden by scenery and moved about by stage hands. Cagney is also miscast, but is very game and entertaining...At over two hours, the film drags at times during its second half. The best scenes take place in the forest, when the fairies are in action. The necessity of a happy ending leads to predictable denouements, but the presentation of the amateur play helps perk things up.
Reviewer Brian Koller
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Charles Matthews, Oscar A To Z Lavish and entertaining.
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