A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) film adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (1065 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

Kaitlyn Culliton (Trinity College Dublin)
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Adapted from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle. Staring Olivia de Havilland, Mickey Rooney, Dick Powell, James Cagney, and Joe E. Brown. English with English, French, and Portuguese subtitles. Black and White. 143 minutes.

Based on Max Reinhardt’s 1934 Hollywood Bowl production, the film premiered in 1935. It was nominated for four academy awards, winning two: Best Cinematography (by Hal Mohr) and Best Film Editing (by Ralph Dawson).

The Shakespearean text is reduced by almost half, but the film maintains the original plotline without significant departure. As well, the extensive use of couplets is largely p…

Citation: Culliton, Kaitlyn. "A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) film adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 November 2016 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19443, accessed 19 June 2021.]

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