A Midsummer Night's Dream

, 1935
117 minutes
Wilhelm Dieterle
  • James Cagney
  • Dick Powell
  • Olivia De Havilland
  • Mickey Rooney


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.

BIOGRAPHY 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. 

FILMOGRAPHY Max Reinhardt (selection)

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

BIOGRAPHY 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

FILMOGRAPHY 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 



Original title
A Midsummer Night's Dream