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A Midsummer Night's Dream

117 min.
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James Cagney
Dick Powell
Olivia De Havilland
Mickey Rooney
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Shakespeare's most popular comedy is a merry-go-round of young lovers and supernatural wood sprites. An extravaganza of Hollywood stars and fantastic special effects by Max Reinhardt, the 'great magician' of the Deutsches Theater in Berlin.

BIOGRAFIE Max Reinhardt

Born September 9, 1873 in Baden, Austria-Hungary, Max Reinhardt directed his first movie, Sumurûn in 1910. He also made two films, Die Insel der Seligen (Isle of the Blessed) and Eine venezianische Nacht (Venetian Nights) released in 1913 and 1914. Max founded the Salzburger festivals in 1920 with the play "Jedermann", the festivals are still existing today and very popular. He became the most important German theater maker of the early 20th century. 

FILMOGRAFIE Max Reinhardt (selection)

1935 A Midsummer Night's Dream  1914 A Venetian Night   1913 Die Insel der Seligen   1910 Sumurûn  

BIOGRAFIE Wilhelm Dieterle

Born July 15, 1893 in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. William Dieterle had acted in his first film in 1913, it was six more years before he made another one. In that year he was noticed by producer/director/designer/impresario Max Reinhardt, the most influential proponent of expressionism in theater. Dieterle had acted in nearly 20 movies before he also began directing in 1923. With his wife Charlotte Hagenbruch he started his own film production. By 1930, however, he had emigrated to the US and through the 1940s Dieterle moved around among Hollywood's studios. In 1958 he returned to Germany and directed a few films there and in Italy before retiring in 1965. He later died on December 8th, 1972 in Ottobrunn, Bavaria, Germany

FILMOGRAFIE Wilhelm Dieterle (selection)

1948  Portrait of Jennie  1948 Portrait of Jennie   1946  Duel in the Sun  1945 Jennifer Jones: Love Letters  1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame  1939 Juarez  1938  Blockade  1937 The Life of Emile Zola   1936 The Story of Louis Pasteur   1935 A Midsummer Night's Dream  1931  The Last Flight   1931  and Die heilige Flamme   1930  The Way of All Men   1930 Der Tanz geht weiter  1927 Ludwig der Zweite, König von Bayern 

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