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"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Preface (03:13)


Robin "Puck" Goodfellow hangs his hat on a bed and lays down; while sleeping, a tree grows underneath. Using a chainsaw, a man chops it down and pulls the linen to reveal the main title. Workers set stage for the opening of the play.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Act I, Scene 1: Marriage (07:09)

Theseus rejoices that his wedding to Hippolyta will occur in four days and orders Philostrate to devise entertainments to pass the time. Egeus wants his daughter Hermia to marry Demetrius, but she refuses. Theseus offers to allow Hermia become a nun instead of death or marriage.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Act I, Scene 1: Lovers (07:27)

Lysander plots that Hermia and he elope to his aunt's home outside of Athens. Helena pines for Demetrius and hopes to win his affection by telling him the couple's plans.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Act I, Scene 2 (05:36)

Peter Quince, Snug the joiner, Tom Snout the tinker, Francisco Flute the bellows mender, and Robin Starveling the tailor meet. Nick Bottom the weaver suggests he play Thisbe, the Lion, and Pyramus. The group plans to rehearse the following night.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Act II, Scene 1 : Fairies Meet (04:49)

Oberon is jealous that Titania spends all her time with an Indian changeling she adopted. Robin "Puck" Goodfellow distracts the king of the fairies and keeps him happy.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Act II, Scene 1 : Confrontation (08:25)

Titania refuses to give the Indian changeling to Oberon. The king of the fairies asks Puck to retrieve a flower called "love-in-idleness." When its juice is applied to the eyelids of a sleeping person, that person, upon waking, falls in love with the first living thing they perceive.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Act II, Scene 1 : Unrequited Love (07:34)

Oberon plots to place the juice on Titania while she sleeps. Demetrius denies Helena's love and wants to kill Lysander. Puck is ordered to find the Athenian man Oberon spied upon and douse him with the love potion.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Act II, Scene 2: Increased Conflict (06:16)

Titania asks the fairies to sing her to sleep. Oberon squeezes the flower juice on his queen's eyelids. Hermia insists that Lysander sleeps further away; Puck mistakes Lysander for Demetrius.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Act II, Scene 2: Confusion Erupts (05:59)

Helena wakes Lysander who has been anointed with the love potion; he professes his love. Hermia wakens alone.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Act III, Scene 1: The Rehearsal (07:57)

Bottom suggests they write a prologue to the play that he will personally recite so that the women will not be afraid of the lion. Puck transforms the weaver's head into a donkey. The laborers run away in terror.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Act III, Scene 1: Love Potion Works (05:42)

Bottom is confused by the laborer's reaction. Titania awakens and lavishes him with attention.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Act III, Scene 2: Spurning Demetrius (07:48)

Puck relays that Titania has fallen in love with a "rude mechanical." Hermia learns that Demetrius has not killed Lysander. Oberon doses Demetrius with the love potion and orders Puck to retrieve Helena.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Act III, Scene 2: Rivals in Love (11:58)

Lysander pledges his love to Helena and spurns Hermia. Demetrius awakens and falls in love. Helena believes all three have conspired against her.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Act III, Scene 2: Dawn is Approaching (07:54)

Oberon decides to ask for the Indian Changeling while Titania is under the influence of the love potion. Once the four lover's fall asleep, Puck applies the flower juice to Lysander's eyes.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Act IV, Scene 1: Releasing Titania From the Spell (08:00)

Tatiana and her fairies lavish attention on Bottom. Oberon has stolen the Indian changeling. Titania realizes she fell in love with a donkey.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Act IV, Scene 1: Morning Arrives (07:40)

Theseus and Hippolyta discover the four lovers sleeping. Lysander confesses he was about to elope with Hermia; Demetrius wants to marry Helena. Bottom awakens alone and decides to ask Quince to write "Bottom's Dream."

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Act IV, Scene 2 (03:08)

The laborers worry that Bottom has gone missing as he is the only person who can act the role of Pyramus. Bottom arrives and announces that they have the preferred play to be performed.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Act V, Scene 1: Married (03:56)

Puck pretends to be Philostrate, the masters of revels. Theseus orders the play-within-the-play be performed after the three couples are married.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Act V, Scene 1: Play-Within-A-Play (12:50)

Pyramus and Thisbe speak through a chink in the wall which is portrayed by Snout. The lion reminds the audience that he is an actor and not a real person. The Athenians heckle the actors throughout the performance.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Act V, Scene 1: Fairies Arrive (07:37)

Theseus asks the actors to dance instead of performing the epilogue. Oberon blesses the three couples, wishing them long and happy memories. Puck performs his famous soliloquy where he suggests the play was a dream.

Credits: A Midsummer Night's Dream (03:19)

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From the mind of award-winning director Julie Taymor comes a Shakespeare adaptation like none other, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Rich with Taymor's trademark creativity, this immersive and darkly poetic cinematic experience brings the play's iconic fairies, spells and hallucinatory lovers to life. Filmed at her sold-out stage production with cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto (Argo, Frida) and music by Academy Award-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal, the feats of visual imagination are ingenious and plentiful, but beating at the center of the film is an emotionally moving take on the deeper human aspects of Shakespeare's beloved tale.

Length: 146 minutes

Item#: BVL190222

Copyright date: ©2015

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