A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935)


(out of 5)

A cavalcade of Warner Bros. stars appears in this excellent adaptation of Shakespeare’s beloved fantasy, in which two sets of lovers take to the forests of ancient Athens and end up having their emotions played with by mystical creatures of the night.  is energetic (actually a bit too frantic) as Puck, the misbehaving imp who constantly confuses the Fairy King’s orders and creates all sorts of mixups. Meanwhile, the Fairy Queen has, thanks to her husband’s misplaced magical concoctions, fallen in love with the leader of a band of players who have been rehearsing in the woods, immediately after his head has been turned into that of a donkey’s! Felix Mendelssohn’s beautiful score is used as background to this elegant film, which features plenty of ballet dancing in between the extremely well-acted and well-adapted scenes. The photography is gorgeous, with magical silvery lighting shimmering everywhere as magic infiltrates the deep forests.  is excellent as the ass-headed Bottom, and  appears in an early film role as Hermia (it was originally to be played by Gloria Stuart, but she fell ill and was replaced by her understudy).

Warner Bros.

USA, 1935

Directed by ,

Screenplay by , , based on the play by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1935

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