A Midsummer Night’s Dream


(Max Reinhardt & William Dieterle, 1935).
Warner Bros. pop spectacle, co-directed by German theater impresario Max Reinhardt, and featuring a raft of studio contract players (including Jimmy Cagney and a very young Mickey Rooney as an exceedingly obstreperous Puck) is a triumph of vulgarity, boasting the most elaborate fantasy sequences of any Hollywood talkie before The Wizard of Oz.

Fri., July 24, 4:15 p.m.; Sun., July 26, 3:45 p.m., 2009

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 22, 2009

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