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Midsummer Night’s Dream, A

Synopsis
Abbreviated version of the play closely following the original with the exception of a new character, Penelope. It is she who quarrels with Titania and tells Puck to bewitch Titania.
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Silent
Year of release
1909
Duration
8 mins; 993 feet

Credits

Director
Charles Kent; J. Stuart Blackton
Cast
Gladys HulettePuck (Robin Goodfellow)
Charles ChapmanPeter Quince
Dolores CostelloFairy
Helene CostelloFairy
Julia Swayne GordonHelena
Maurice CostelloLysander
Rose TapleyHermia
Walter AckermanDemetrius
William V. RanousNick Bottom

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
The copy held by the BFI National Archive is incomplete (667ft, 8mins) and ends with the mechanicals beginning their play before Theseus. This film is available within the BFI’s compilation SILENT SHAKESPEARE.
History
The film was shot in the summer of 1909 but held back for release on Christmas Day
Reviews
Ball, Robert Hamilton. Shakespeare on Silent Film: A Strange Eventful History. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1968 (p. 52-6, 313-4).

Production Company

Name

Vitagraph Company of America

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
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Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
Name

George Eastman House

Email
filmstudycenter@geh.org
Web
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Phone
1-585 272 3361
Fax
1-585 272 3970
Address
Motion Picture Department
900 East Avenue
Rochester
NY 14607

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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