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Sommernachtstraum, Ein

Alternative title
Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Wood Love Heiteres Fastnachtsspeil, Ein
Synopsis
Feature film which appears to have combined great charm and ribaldry. Ball, summarising contemporary reviews, writes: ‘Theseus was shown at the telephone, Amazons and Athenians moved into battle to the accompaniment of Eric Borchards’s Original-Jazzband. Klabund’s titles were not bridges between sequences, but in their smart-alec, sometimes amusing, sometimes banal, way directed the spectators to unconventional interpretations an became the centre for the whole film. sequences. The court of Athens, man, Shakespeare himself were ridiculed. The tone was mocking, ironical, parodistic’.

The film was believed to be lost but nitrate fragments were found in the Deutsches Historisches Museum in the 1990s and may now be in the Bundesarchiv (unconfirmed 3/2013).
Country
Germany
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Silent
Year of release
1925
Recording date
10 Mar 1925
Duration
92 mins; 8,298 feet

Credits

Director
Hans Neumann
Producer
Hans Neumann
Cinematographer
Guido Seeber; Reimar Kuntze
Screenplay
Hans Neumann
Music
Hans May
Production Design
Ernö Metzner
Costume
Ernö Metzner
Cast
Theodor BeckerTheseus
Ruth WeyherHippolyta
Tamara GevaOberon
Lori LeuxTitania
Valeska GertPuck (Robin Goodfellow)
Alexander GranachWaldschrat, a sprite
André MattoniLysander
Armand GuerraWenzel
Barbara von AnnenkoffHelena
Bruno ZiegerMilon, General of the Greeks
Charlotte AnderHermia
Ernst GronauPeter Quince
Fritz RaspTom Snout
Hans AlbersDemetrius
Paul GüntherEgeus
Walter BrandtSnug
Werner KraußNick Bottom
Wilhelm BendowFrancis Flute

Additional Details

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

Notes

General
The intertitles were commissioned to Klabund (Alfred Henschke) a poet, novelist, historian and journalist well known at the time for his association with Expressionism.

The music for the jazz score which accompanied the film was composed by Hans May.

Tamara Geva, playing Oberon, was a Russian ballet dancer.
Stills
The Museum of Modern Art, New York City, has acquired stills from the film.
Reviews
Ball, Robert Hamilton. Shakespeare on Silent Film: A Strange Eventful History. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1968 (pp297-99, 378).
http://bioscopic.wordpress.com/2008/01/15/ein-sommernachtstraum/ (accessed 1/2008).

Production Company

Name

Neumann-Producktion

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