A Midsummer Night's Dream

Synopsis: Shakespeare's intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start--Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander. Bad news is, Hermia's father wants Demetrius for a son-in-law. On the outside is Helena, whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius (who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena). In the forest, unbeknownst to the mortals, Oberon and Titania (King and Queen of the faeries) are having a spat over a servant boy. The plot twists up when Oberon's head mischief-maker, Puck, runs loose with a flower which causes people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking. Throw in a group of labourers preparing a play for the Duke's wedding (one of whom is given a donkey's head and Titania for a lover by Puck) and the complications become fantastically funny.
Director(s): Michael Hoffman
  1 win & 1 nomination.
116 min

from the tempest of my eyes.

Aye me!

For aught

that I could ever read,

could ever hear

by tale or history,

the course of true love

never did run smooth.

If there were

a sympathy in choice,

war, death, or sickness

did lay siege to it,

making it momentary as a sound,

swift as a shadow,

short as any dream,

as brief as the lightning

in the collied night,

that, in a spleen,

unfolds both heaven and earth,

and ere a man hath power

to say 'behold!'

the jaws of darkness

to devour it up.

So quick bright things

come to confusion.

Therefore hear me, Hermia.

I have a widow aunt,

a dowager of great revenue,

and she respects me

as her only son.



[ Indistinct Conversation ]




How happy some

o'er other some can be!

Through Athens I am thought

as fair as she.

But what of that?

Demetrius thinks not so.

He will not know what all

but he do know.

Love looks not with the eyes,

but with the mind,

and therefore is winged Cupid

painted blind.

God speed, fair Helena.

Whither away?

Call you me fair?

That fair again unsay.

Demetrius loves your fair.

O...happy fair!

Sickness is catching.

O, were favor so,

yours would I catch,

fair Hermia, ere I go.

O, teach me how you look,

and with what art

you sway the motion

of Demetrius' heart.

His folly, Helena,

is no fault of mine.

None but your beauty.

Would that fault were mine!

Take comfort.

He no more shall see my face.

Lysander and myself

shall fly this place.


to you our minds we will unfold.

Tomorrow night,

when Phoebe doth behold

her silver visage

in the watery glass,

a time that lovers' flights

doth still conceal,

through Athens gates

have we devised to steal.

And thence from Athens

turn away our eyes

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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