6/30/08

A Midsummer Night's Dream: YouTube Clips


Act 1
  • Casting Pyramus and Thisbe with Jimmy Cagney as Bottom in Max Reinhardt's 1935 film (posted by jjjjoshjjj).
  • From Peter Hall's 1968 film, with Derek Godfrey as Theseus, Michael Jayston as Demetrius, David Warner as Lysander, Helen Mirren as Hermia, and Diana Rigg as Helena (posted by zone003).
  • From Michael Hoffman's 1999 film with Bernard Hill as Egeus, David Strathairn as Theseus, Anna Friel as Hermia, Sophie Marceau as Hippolyta, Calista Flockhart as Helena, Rupert Everett as Oberon, Michelle Pfeiffer as Titania, and Kevin Kline as Bottom (posted by pfeifferfan1): part one, part two.
Act 2
  • Puck gets the love potion in Charles Kent and J. Stuart Blackton's 1909 silent film.
  • From Hall's film with Judi Dench as Titania and Ian Richardson as Oberon: the initial confrontation between Titania and Oberon segueing into the end of act 5, Titania's fairy attendants sing her a lullaby.
  • From Hoffman's film: 1.2-2.1, 2.2.
Act 3
Act 4
Act 5
(image from jamd)
Music
  • From Henry Purcell's The Fairy Queen: Sylvia McNair sings "O let me weep" accompanied by the Vienna Concentus Musicus. Civileso has posted the music as well. 
  • From the Seventeen-Year-Old Felix Mendelssohn: The Berlin Orchestra, conducted by Wilhelm Furtwangler, plays the overture on a 1929 78rpm record: part one, part two.