A Midsummer Night's Dream

Synopsis: Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged with Hermia, but Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius. Oberon and Titania, of the kingdom of fairies have a slight quarrel about whether or not the boy Titania is raising will join Titania's band or Oberon's, so Oberon tries to get him from her by using some magic. But they're not alone in that forest.Lysander and Hermina have there a rendezvous, Helena and Demetrius are there, too as well as some actors, who are practicing a play for the ongoing wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. Due to some misunderstandings by Puck, the whole thing becomes a little bit confused...
Production: Warner Bros.
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 nominations.
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133 min

My love is more than his. Demetrius...

I'll declare it to his face.

Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena,

and won her soul.

And she, sweet lady, dotes,

devoutly dotes,

dotes in idolatry

upon this fickle and inconstant man.

But I beseech your grace

that I may know that

the worst that may befall me in this case

if I refuse to wed Demetrius.

Either to fit your fancies

to your father's will,

or else the law of Athens yields you up,

and mark, by no means may we alter it.

To death, or to avow a single life.

So will I...


The course of true love

never did run smooth.

Oh, spite.

To choose love by another's eyes.

Hear me, Hermia.

And if you love me,

then steal forth your father's house

tomorrow night.

To the wood, a league without the town,

will I go with you.

I have a widow aunt,

a dowager from Athens

is her house removed seven leagues.

There, gentle Hermia,

may I marry you.

And to that place,

the sharp Athenian law cannot pursue us.

Keep word, Lysander.

We must starve our sight

from lovers' food

till morrow deep midnight.

Oh, my good Lysander.

Larry, our play

is "the most lamentable comedy

"and most cruel death

of Pyramus and Thisbe. "

First, good Peter Quince,

say what the play treats on.

Then read the names of the actors

and so grow on to a point.

- Answer as I call you.

- Masters, spread yourselves.

Answer as I call you.

- "Nick Bottom, the Weaver. "

- Ready.

Name what part I am for and proceed.

Nick Bottom, you are set down

for... Pyramus.

I play Pyramus. I play Pyramus.

I play Pyramus.

What is Pyramus?

A lover or a tyrant?

A lover...

that kills himself

most gallantly for love.

A lover.

A lover.

If I do it,

let the audience look to their eyes.

I will move storms:

Yet my chief humor is for a tyrant.

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William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon". more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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