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Sen Noci Svatojanske

Alternative title
Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream, A
Synopsis
Trnka’s puppet pantomime, based on Shakespeare’s play, with dubbed-in English voices.
Language
English
Country
Czech Republic
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1958
Duration
74 mins

Credits

Director
Jiri Trnka
Producer
Jiri Trnka
Writer
William Shakespeare
Screenplay
Jiri Trnka
Contributor
Richard Burton
Cast
Hugh ManningTheseus
Laura GrahamHippolyta
Jack GwillimOberon
Barbara JeffordTitania
Roger ShepherdPuck (Robin Goodfellow)
Alec McCowenNick Bottom
Ann BellHermia
Barbara Leigh-HuntHelena
Joss AcklandPeter Quince
Michael MeachamDemetrius
Stephen MooreFrancis Flute
Tom CriddleLysander

Additional Details

Production type
Other
Plays
Midsummer Night’s Dream, A
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Puppets

Notes

History
Shown at the 1959 London Film Festival. First shown in the English dialogue version in New York City at the Guild Theatre on 18 December 1961.
Textual information
This English version language version made in 1971 was presented by American producer Howard Sackler and voiced by Richard Burton, is six minutes shorter. The Czech version is narrated by R. Pelar.
Reviews
Lanier, Douglas ‘Film Spin-Offs and Citations’ in Burt, Richard (ed). Shakespeares After Shakespeares: an Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture. 2 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006. (p. 223, entry 922). [Lanier gives a detailed account of the film concluding a’ beautiful film that deserves a wider audience’].

The Czechoslovak Film v.10, n6/7 (I June 1957).

Production Company

Name

Czech State Film

Archive

Name

Arts Institute-Theatre Institute

Email
info@institutumeni.cz
Web
http://institute.theatre.cz External site opens in new window
Phone
224 809 123
Fax
224 809 123
Address
Celetna 17
110 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic
Name

Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division

Web
http://catalog.loc.gov/ External site opens in new window
Phone
(20) 707-8572
Fax
(20) 707-237’1
Address
Motion Picture & Television Reading Room
James Madison Building, LM 336
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C.
20540-4690
United States

Distributor (Hire)

Name

BFI Film Bookings Unit

Email
bookings.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/about-bfi/help-faq/film-bookings External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7957 8938 / 8935
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN

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