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William Shakespeare's A Midsummer night's dream / Fox Searchlight Pictures and Regency Enterprises present a Michael Hoffman film ; produced by Leslie Urdang, Michael Hoffman ; screenplay by Michael Hoffman ; directed by Michael Hoffman.

Standardized Title:
William Shakespeare's A midsummer night's dream (Motion picture)
Other Title:
Midsummer night's dream
Edition:
Widescreen.
Publication:
Los Angeles, CA : Fox Searchlight Pictures ; Beverly Hills, CA : Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc., 1999.
Format/Description:
Video
1 videodisc (approximately 120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Subjects:
Theseus, King of Athens -- Drama.
Hippolyta (Greek mythological character) -- Drama.
Love -- Drama.
Courtship -- Drama.
Man-woman relationships -- Drama.
Young adults -- Conduct of life -- Drama.
Athens (Greece) -- Drama.
Relaciones hombre-mujer -- Teatro.
Hippolyta (Greek mythological character)
Theseus, King of Athens
Young adults -- Conduct of life.
Man-woman relationships.
Love.
Courtship.
Greece -- Athens.
Form/Genre:
DVD-Video discs.
Comedy films.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Film adaptations.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Drama.
Comedy films.
Comedy films.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Comedies.
Comedy films.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Language:
Soundtrack in English with optional subtitles in English and Spanish. Subtitled in English for the deaf and hard of hearing [SDH].
System Details:
DVD ; 5.1 Dolby digital surround; region 1.
digital optical
video file DVD video region 1
Summary:
Shakespeare's play about devilish fairies, bedeviled lovers and tradesmen-actors. Plots intertwine as entangled love affairs. The comical performance of a "play within a play" by the tradesmen of Athens, and the antics in fairyland among King Oberon and his queen Titania produce a bizarre series of entanglements, but all ends happily.
In the village of Monte Athena in Italy at the turn of the 19th century, necklines are high, parents are rigid, and marriage is seldom a matter of love. Thus, Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander, while her father wants only Demetrius for his son-in-law. Poor Helena burns hot for Demetrius, who avoids her like the plague. Meanwhile, fairy king Oberon is engaged in a battle of wits with his queen, Titania, and has commanded a trick of Puck, which naturally goes horribly wrong. They are all in the enchanted wood on a midsummer's eve, coming out in the end charged with a gift from the fairies--an enchanted eroticism--that sweeps them away to bed chambers and weddings. The film celebrates love's ability to alter reality while quietly acknowledging that any attempt to portray the feeling of love ultimately falls short.
Contents:
Main titles
Wedding preparations
The course of true love
Casting a play
Fairies
Puck's errand
Helena and Demetrius
The flower
Titania's bower
Lysander and Hermia
Helena enters
The rehearsal place
Puck's trick
Puck's mistake
A donkey and a queen
Helena's lovers
The cure
The wood nymphs
Bottom's dream
A wedding celebration
Pyramus and Thisbe
Fairy time
Puck's speech
End titles.
Participant:
Christian Bale (Demetrius), Rupert Everett (Oberon), Calista Flockhart (Helena), Anna Friel (Hermia), Bernard Hill (Egeus), Bill Irwin (Tom Snout), Gregory Jbara (Snug), Kevin Kline (Nick Bottom), Sophie Marceau (Hippolyta), Michelle Pfeiffer (Titania), Roger Rees (Peter Quince), Sam Rockwell (Francis Flute), John Sessions (Philostrate), David Strathairn (Theseus), Stanley Tucci (Puck), Dominic West (Lysander), Max Wright (Robin Starveling).
Credits:
Director of photography, Oliver Stapleton ; editor, Garth Craven ; production designer, Luciana Arrighi ; music, Simon Boswell ; costume designer, Gabriella Pescucci.
Notes:
Based on the play by William Shakespeare.
Special feature: Original theatrical trailer (2 min.).
Contributor:
Hoffman, Michael, 1956- , Screenwriter, Director, Producer
Urdang, Leslie. , Producer
Bale, Christian, 1974- , Actor
Everett, Rupert. , Actor
Flockhart, Calista, 1964- , Actor
Friel, Anna, 1976- , Actor
Hill, Bernard, 1944- , Actor
Irwin, Bill, 1950- , Actor
Jbara, Gregory. , Actor
Kline, Kevin. , Actor
Marceau, Sophie, 1966- , Actor
Pfeiffer, Michelle, 1957- , Actor
Rees, Roger, 1944-2015 , Actor
Rockwell, Sam. , Actor
Sessions, John, 1953- , Actor
Strathairn, David. , Actor
Tucci, Stanley. , Actor
West, Dominic, 1969- , Actor
Wright, Max, 1943-2019 , Actor
Boswell, Simon. , Composer
Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Regency Enterprises.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc.
OCLC:
42916863
Publisher Number:
086162123085
4112308 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Access Restriction:
Educational and home use only.
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