Julie Taymor's A Midsummer Night's Dream

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USA | 2014 | 148 Minutes | Julie Taymor

May 5 - 16, 2016

Extra shows added!
SIFF Cinema Uptown | Sun May 15
SIFF Film Center | Mon May 16

This heralded production of Shakespeare's classic comes from acclaimed director Julie Taymor (Frida, Across the Universe, Broadway's "The Lion King") and was filmed before a live audience by cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (The Wolf of Wall Street, Brokeback Mountain) during performance at the Theatre For A New Audience in Brooklyn.

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Of all Shakespeare's plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream is the most phantasmagorical, featuring fairies, spells, and hallucinatory lovers. Julie Taymor turns out a production that's visually breathtaking, funny, sexy and darkly poetic, with feats of visual imagination that are ingenious and plentiful, complimenting an emotionally moving take on the deeper human aspects of this beloved tale.

With cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto and music by Academy Award-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal, this is an immersive, inventive cinematic experience that was filmed during the show’s highly acclaimed, and sold out, inaugural run.

“The director who redefined spectacle on Broadway… has now given New York A Midsummer Night’s Dream that doesn’t so much reach for the heavens as roll around in them, with joyous but calculated abandon. The sky is not the limit. It’s a supple canvas to be stretched and bent to the whims of the imagination. When the moments are this beautiful, they take root in your mind and assume lives of their own. Don’t be surprised when they start showing up in your own dreams.” - Ben Brantley, The New York Times

  • Director: Julie Taymor
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 148 Minutes