A Midsummer Night's Dream

Perhaps not the most faithful of screen adaptations of Shakespeare, but certainly one of the most charming. The performances are surprisingly superb - notably Cagney as Bottom and a young Rooney as Puck - while visually the movie is a triumph of art direction and luminous photography. And although accusations of kitsch are perfectly justified, the scenes of the fairies wafting through the forest are beautiful enough to bring tears to the eyes. No wonder that the infant Kenneth Anger, playing the Changeling, would later turn to high camp and magic in his own movies. (Mendelssohn's music is arranged by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

Release details

Duration: 132 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Max Reinhardt, William Dieterle
Screenwriter: Charles Kenyon, Mary C McCall Jr
Cast: James Cagney
Dick Powell
Olivia de Havilland
Joe E Brown
Mickey Rooney
Jean Muir
Verree Teasdale
Ian Hunter
Anita Louise
Victor Jory
Hugh Herbert

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