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Michael Hoffman

A Midsummer Night's Dream

116' - 1999 - Fantasy, Comedy, Romance - Dialogue: Italian, Latin, English
Director: Michael Hoffman Composer: Simon Boswell With: Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Everett
A mix of Hollywood glamour and theatrical class distinguishes Hoffman’s film version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy. The story is well known: preparations for the wedding of Duke Theseus and Hippolyta are under way, when the duke is forced to listen to the complaints of opposing sides in a dispute over an arranged marriage. Egeus has promised his daughter Hermia to Demetrius, but she loves Lysander. Hermia plans to escape with her lover to the woods, using a newfangled invention, the bike, but her best friend, Helena -who is in love with Demetrius- knows of the plot. Hoffman uses the original Shakespeare verse, the soundtrack features a collection of opera’s. The setting allows for frilly costumes, charming piazza’s and gorgeous Italian landscapes.

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Michael Hoffman


Simon Boswell


Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Everett


Michael Hoffman

Director of Photography

Oliver Stapleton


Garth Craven


Michael Hoffman, Leslie Urdang

More information


Italian, Latin, English

Countries of production

Italy, United States of America, United Kingdom

Screenplay based on

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" (William Shakespeare)



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