[A Midsummer Night's Dream] Midsummer's Night Dream, 1935, Photo by Mickey Marigold, ©Warner Bros. Pictures/Photofest.
Midsummer's Night Dream, 1935, Photo by Mickey Marigold, ©Warner Bros. Pictures/Photofest.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle, 1935, USA, 143 minutes)*

*Preserved by the Library of Congress
Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle’s pioneering version of Shakespeare’s perennially popular comedy is a landmark synthesis of contemporary developments in set design, dance, and performance (including the debut of Olivia de Havilland and a characteristically dynamic turn by James Cagney). Korngold’s score re-orchestrates Felix Mendelssohn’s musical treatments of the play.