A Midsummer Night’s Dream
WITH GUEST DIRECTOR JULIE TAYMOR
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a cinematic experience of Julie Taymor’s highly acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s intimate and joyous comedy, which ran as the inaugural production at the new Polonsky Center in Brooklyn last year. Taymor, the visionary director of The Lion King and numerous reinterpretations of classic plays Off-Broadway and around the world, created a production that was visually breathtaking, poetic, and funny.
David Rooney writes in The Hollywood Reporter: “Filmed theater, opera and ballet has become a booming niche business in the past decade, but this entry — shot by Rodrigo Prieto with a nimble grace and illuminating focus that put you right there among the audience, and frequently even closer — raises the standard to a new level.” Prieto (Argo, Frida) heightens the intimacy of the performance through the use of handheld cameras in the middle of the onstage action.
“Characteristic of Taymor, the feats of visual imagination are ingenious and plentiful, but beating at the centre of the film is an emotionally moving take on the deeper human aspects of this beloved tale. The performances are stellar; one revelation for many viewers will be the casting of Kathryn Hunter as Puck. The actor has won critical acclaim mainly on the London stage, with a notable screen appearance as Arabella Figg in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. As an androgynous and transformational Puck, she is a mesmerizing presence.” —Toronto Film Festival
Director: Julie Taymor
Producer: Lynn Hendee and Ben Latham-Jones
Screenwriter: William Shakespeare
Cinematographer: Rodrigo Prieto, ASC
Editor: Barbara Tulliver
Music: Elliot Goldenthal
Cast: Tina Benko, Max Casella, David Harewood, Kathryn Hunter
Running Time: 144 minutes