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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted April 12, 2008 at 5:19 PM via web

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Favorite Movie Version?

I show my students the 1999 version of this play that stars Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfieffer, Calista Flockhart, Christian Bale, and Rupert Everett, among others.  I love this version of the play, even though they alter the setting to be Italy in the mid-1800's, I believe.  The language is true to the play and the characters' portrayals are very good, in my opinion, particularly Calista Flockhart's turn as Helena.  She is a fantastic "stalker" of Demetrius LOL!

Any other film versions that are good ones that anyone else has seen?

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted April 12, 2008 at 8:04 PM (Answer #2)

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I saw part of the 1930s film with Mickey Rooney as Puck and Olivia de Havilland as Hermia.  De Havilland was wonderful, but I was ready to scream having to watch Mickey Rooney in that role.  Interestingly enough, this was shown to the acting class I was taking as the best example of Puck EVER!  Hmmm...everyone has very different tastes, but this was ridiculous.

I do like the 1999 version, but unfortunately, I'm not a big fan of Calista Flockhart, so her constant whining and screeching had about the same effect on me as Mickey Rooney.  Sigh...perhaps I'm just too critical! :)  But I loved Michelle Pfeiffer as Titania, Rupert Everett as Oberson (hubba hubba), and Kevin Kline as Bottom!!! :)

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 13, 2008 at 10:46 PM (Answer #3)

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My favorite is the 1935 version with James Cagney as Bottom. It's probably my favorite because it was the first I ever saw, but it just seemed more "special" to me. I grew up in the 60s and 70s before cable took over the world. Back then, certain movies were events. Every fall, we could watch The Wizard of Oz--which became even more of an event when my family finally got a color TV! Every spring, we got The Ten Commandments and Rogers' and Hammerstein's Cinderella. The old MSND seemed as much of an event as those movies did. Nothing can compare.

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted April 14, 2008 at 3:57 PM (Answer #4)

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That's the one I couldn't stand, Linda...but then, the only reason I couldn't stand it was Mickey Rooney as Puck!!! :)  Wasn't Olivia de Havilland absolutely gorgeous, though?  And I agree with you about Jimmy Cagney - he was GREAT as Bottom!!

I'm with you about the movies being more special - I always think of The Wizard of Oz as a fall movie and The Sound of Music as the spring movie.  Now it seems odd to me to watch them any other time of the year! :)

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Scott Locklear | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted April 14, 2008 at 5:03 PM (Answer #5)

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Favorite Movie Version?

I show my students the 1999 version of this play that stars Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfieffer, Calista Flockhart, Christian Bale, and Rupert Everett, among others.  I love this version of the play, even though they alter the setting to be Italy in the mid-1800's, I believe.  The language is true to the play and the characters' portrayals are very good, in my opinion, particularly Calista Flockhart's turn as Helena.  She is a fantastic "stalker" of Demetrius LOL!

Any other film versions that are good ones that anyone else has seen?

I remember this version being pretty roundly panned when it was released in theaters, but I'm on your side: it's fun! Flockhart was charming, and Kevin Kline was par-for-the-course great. Has anyone seen his Hamlet?

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted April 14, 2008 at 5:18 PM (Answer #6)

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Favorite Movie Version?

I show my students the 1999 version of this play that stars Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfieffer, Calista Flockhart, Christian Bale, and Rupert Everett, among others.  I love this version of the play, even though they alter the setting to be Italy in the mid-1800's, I believe.  The language is true to the play and the characters' portrayals are very good, in my opinion, particularly Calista Flockhart's turn as Helena.  She is a fantastic "stalker" of Demetrius LOL!

Any other film versions that are good ones that anyone else has seen?

I remember this version being pretty roundly panned when it was released in theaters, but I'm on your side: it's fun! Flockhart was charming, and Kevin Kline was par-for-the-course great. Has anyone seen his Hamlet?

I've not seen that version of Hamlet.  I wonder if it is any good...

 

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 14, 2008 at 5:21 PM (Answer #7)

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That's the one I couldn't stand, Linda...but then, the only reason I couldn't stand it was Mickey Rooney as Puck!!! :)  Wasn't Olivia de Havilland absolutely gorgeous, though?  And I agree with you about Jimmy Cagney - he was GREAT as Bottom!!

I'm with you about the movies being more special - I always think of The Wizard of Oz as a fall movie and The Sound of Music as the spring movie.  Now it seems odd to me to watch them any other time of the year! :)

I know what you mean. I can't get used to being able to watch The Wizard of Oz anytime I want to. Olivia de Havilland was just plain beautiful. Old Hollywood was gone long before I was born, but I really miss it. I can watch the old movies over and over and over and never get tired of them. I saw Double Indemnity again yesterday (Barbara Stanwyck and Fred Macmurray). I just love The Women.

As for the 1999 version of MSND, I really don't like Calista Flockhart, so having her in the movie clouds my opinion of it.

I haven't yet turned 50, but I guess I'm just an old fogey!

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted April 14, 2008 at 6:19 PM (Answer #8)

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I just turned 40 and suspect we have similar tendencies, Linda!  I think people either really like Flockhart, or they really don't.  I see above that Scott liked her in the 1999 film, too!

When did Kevin Kline do a Hamlet???

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted April 14, 2008 at 6:23 PM (Answer #9)

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Sorry to be a dork, Scott - I just saw the link you included to imdb about Kline's Hamlet.  Looks wonderful - I'm going to see if our local library has it.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 14, 2008 at 6:26 PM (Answer #10)

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I just turned 40 and suspect we have similar tendencies, Linda!  I think people either really like Flockhart, or they really don't.  I see above that Scott liked her in the 1999 film, too!

When did Kevin Kline do a Hamlet???

I turned 48 last week, so that means I have to start saying, "Oh, you're just a kid!" to everybody who's younger than I am. Funny thing, though, except for aches and pains and gray hair, I really don't "feel" old.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 15, 2008 at 10:36 AM (Answer #11)

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I like the Michelle Pfieffer version, too. 

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