The Midsummer Night Dream
The film, a midsummer Night’s Dream was released in 1999. It was directed by Michael Hoffman. The film is an America adaptation from Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night Dream. This is one of the five first major cinema adaptations of the play. Others were silent film of 1909 directed by Charles Kneer, the 1935 film by Max Reinhardt and Czech animation of 1959 by Jiri Trnka and the 1968 British film by Peter HALL.The major stars were Kevin Kline acted as Nick bottom, David Strathairn as Theseus the Duke of Athens, Sophie Marceau as Hippolytia the queen of amazons betrothed to Theseus. John Scions as Philostrate. Dominick West as Lysander who was in love with Hermia. Christian Bale acted as Demetrious also in love with Hermia. Anna Friel acted as Hermia and in love with Lysander. Claista Flochart acted as Helena who is in love with Demetrious.
Bernard as Eugeus and father to Hermia. Stanley Tuccci as Puck, Michelle Pfeffer as Titania.The film is set in a classical Athenian backdrop. Shakespeare explores the universal theme of love with its attendant complications of frustration, depression, confusion passion, lust and marriage, the plot of the story runs with three parallel stories; the world of the Fairy King and Queen and their servants, trials and experiences of two sets of lovers and a group of rude craftsmen attempting to stage a production of a play entitled “Pyramus and Thisbe” to be played at the wedding of the Duke of Athens.Shakespeare utilizes his creative imagination to present wonderful lyrical expression of Shakespearean themes of love and dreams. Symbolism has played a major role in authenticating the play. A midsummer Night’s Dream has symbolisms like Athens, woods, moon, craftsman’s play, and love potion just as well as the characters Theseus and Hippolytia.
They represent the abstract ideas that give the play a deeper meaning.The dramatic structure that the playwright is the uses is mythological imagination like the use of fairies magic and classical mythology. There is also the use of supernatural elements in presenting the theme of love. This film was taken in Tuscany and Lazio and also at Cinecitat Studios in Rome Italy. The action of the play is a transformation from Greece and Athens into a fictional Athena that is located in a region of Italy known as Tuscan. Mentions of Athens that are in the text are however maintained.The film utilizes incidents music for the past stage production done by Felix Mendelssohn’s.Michael Hoffman presents a film that depicts the Universe as being inhibited by satyrs, fairies and dwarfs of various kinds.
They are the mischievous folks that live in the forests and a times come into the the life of the mortals fiddling freely with destinies and affecting the mortals with their magic. The scene opens with bustling preparation of the wedding to come. This wedding feasts is in celebrations of Hippolytia and Theseus represented by Sophia and David respectively. Then later, Hoffman drifts away from Shakespeare plot by finding his own voices in fetching synergy of the modern and ancient. Of operatic and Shakespearian and of pagan and Christian. The setting is in Tuscan village called Monte Athena in the turn of the centaury. This stands in place of Shakespeare Athens. Outside, there is a little developed village are numerous forests ruled by the fairies like Oberon who is Repett and Titania acted by Mitchell. They are jealous of the love of the mortals and plan to create disorders.
And with their love portion, they cast foolish pair of mortal duos Helena and Demetrious and Hermia as Lysander. When viewers see this film what comes to mind is that the film is more of an opera or operatic. The costume designer of the film is by Gabriel Pescucii and the production designer is by Luciana Ariighi. The cinematographer is Oliver Stapleton. . The film is anchored by Simon Boswell which is whole an imitation of Italian opera. The music has Stapteleon lush with warm photography that audience are drawn into a romantic and lighthearted mood. Hoffman has managed to stay in the Bards marvelous language despite the over the top production values. The casting is okay with special, kudos to the scene -stealing Kevin Kline and Garbo-esque Michelle Pfeiffer. They are the finest comic actors of this play.
The final scene’s antic comedy came out as being anticlimactic. This is because at the end Nick Bottom -the Weavers conquered the audience instead of Kline as the ridiculous character.The film has managed to understand Shakespeare intentions in presenting the unpredicted nature of humanity. The director successfully managed to create an atmosphere of magical realism through effective lighting and costume. There are both shines and fails, opulent décor, lush and golden -hued which are the lighting schematic supplement in this film.The lighting supplement of Shakespeare’s soaring verse occasionally prevents some scenes from becoming fully comic. The message to the audience is a representation of the unpredicted nature of man. Rupert Everett as Oberon and the King of fairies acts like a god like creature who is above alls as ever sneering into the lives of the mortals.
Time out London (2010) A Midsummer Night Dream
On June 1, 2010