William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream


(out of 5)

Uneven adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic fantasy play that will seem choppy and badly edited even to those completely unfamiliar with the original. Director Michael Lehmann has eliminated so much of Shakepeare’s original plot that no character stands out (Puck, for instance, is rendered a sideline character who occasionally pops up) and by its conclusion you are left feeling like you haven’t gone anywhere at all. All the actors involved, from  and ‘s bickering fairy monarchs to  and  as bickering lovers, are well cast and perform beautifully, but they cannot overcome the mess that they’re stuck in.

Fox Searchlight Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Taurus Film, Panoramica

Italy/United Kingdom/USA, 1999

Directed by

Screenplay by Michael Hoffman, based on the play by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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