Midsummer Night's Dream AdaptationThere's a great review of the 1999 version of A Midsummer Night's Dream starring Michele Peiffer, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline and others. Has anyone else seen this...

Midsummer Night's Dream Adaptation

There's a great review of the 1999 version of A Midsummer Night's Dream starring Michele Peiffer, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline and others. Has anyone else seen this version? Is it good? Are there better adaptations?

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Do! The black and white isn't as off putting as the staging and stiffness in some areas, but that said, they did a lot with the techniques of the period. I'd certainly choose it over some later productions, like the BBC film version.

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I actually liked Kevin Kline as Bottom and  Stanley Tucci as Puck (though I might have done without Calista Flockheart.)  I think students find it pretty accessible and the cinematography is quite beautiful. 

I will rent the Cagney/Rooney version.   I didn't know about that.   What great casting!  If students can get past the dated look, I can imagine that this is quite an interpretation. 

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Midsummer Night's Dream Adaptation

There's a great review of the 1999 version of A Midsummer Night's Dream starring Michele Peiffer, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline and others. Has anyone else seen this version? Is it good? Are there better adaptations?

Okay, having found the 1999 version a bit uneven, let me recommend the 1935 version, admitting that parts haven't aged well. You have to see James Cagney as Bottom and Mickey Rooney as Puck. They make the film, as do some of the fairie-related effects. Puck is a little sociopath, and Rooney plays him that way.

 

Greg

 

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That version is good, but it is a bit uneven. Some of this comes from opening the film's focus too wide—we get a lot of the town early on—and some of it comes from the cast, which seems a mix and match of appropriate and inappropriate choices. Tucci is great, of course, and Peiffer is strong and looks the part—but Flockhart? Too shrill, even for this part. The reviewer came around; I never did.

 

Greg

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