A Midsummer Nights Dream (DVD)
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Marguerite, South Africa. 8 September 2015
Rarely have I enjoyed a Shakespeare production so much. I had some misgivings about a Greek play, set in Athens in the days of King Theseus, being "updated" to late Victorian Italy, but the excellent cast, the eye-catching costumes by Gabriella Pescucci (not to mention the clever make-up & special effects so cleverly filmed by Oliver Stapleton)& the beautiful music score put together by Simon Boswell, more than make up for any historical inaccuracy.
Rupert Everett & Michelle Pfeiffer lead the fairy cast as King Oberon & Queen Titania, squabbling over the ownership of a little Indian boy, & Stanley Tucci makes a delightfully mischievious Puck.
Kevin Kline is the star of the show as the hapless amateur actor Bottom, who finds himself turned into a half-ass at the whim of the petulant Oberon.
The star-crossed lovers (to use one of Shakespeare's phrases) comprise Christian Bale as Demetrius, Dominic West as his rival Lysander, Anna Friel as Hermia & Calista Flockhart as the spurned, but determined, Helena.
Confusion reigns as the fairy folk interfere in the lives of the humans, but as in all good fairy tales, everything ends happily - after all, it was only a dream wasn't it?
Ananda, South Africa. 22 February 2016
I really enjoyed it!!!
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