The world of the film is Tuscany at the turn of the lastcentury. Necklines are high. Parents are rigid. Social convention dictates the fate of the young. Class distinction is a largepart of everyday life and to be an aristocrat still means something.
This is the setting for director Michael Hoffman's adaptation of Shakespeare's classic comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream. Together with Rupert Everett, Calista Flockhart, Kevin Kline, Michelle Pleiffer, and Stanley Tucci, Hoffman stirs up a raucous mixture of love triangles, mischievous fairies, revelry, love potions, spells, dreams, weddings, a play, and finally, three happy couples heading off to their marriage beds. As Puck so aptly puts it:"What fools these mortals be!"
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
"Come now, what masques, what dances shall we have.... What revels are at hand? Is there no play to ease the anguish of a torturing hour?"
This glossy companion to Michael Hoffman's film adaptation of Shakespeare's classic romance is not merely the text of a screenplay. While it does contain Hoffman's complete script, which radically reworks Shakespeare's play for the modern screen, it also limns the flourishes and creativity of his personal vision. The book is filled with the director's commentary on the play's events and the reasons behind his arresting choices. Readers are afforded the rare opportunity to see production designers' drawings of sets and costumes and to peruse art by Moreau, Waterhouse, the Pre-Raphaelites, and the ancient Etruscans alongside shots from the film that these pieces inspired. Scores of sumptuous photographs accompany the text.
Sidebars include commentary by actors Rupert Everett, Calista Flockhart, Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Stanley Tucci, who portray the chief characters. Hoffman's fascinating introduction relates how he chose his cast, how he imagines Shakespeare's magical world, and why he decided to set the drama in the 19th century: "[The play's] issues of conditioning and subversion led me naturally to the late Victorian setting. In a world dominated by convention, but poised on the verge of a dramatic shift, there seemed no better visual metaphor for the representation of Self than stiff collars, high necklines, tight corsets, and silly accessories. (And then to lose it all in the dark, elemental night)."
Read this book and enter Shakespeare's world of light and darkness, love and fury, magic, sudden change, and lasting delight--and in the process see how a modern filmmaker has brought new fancies to a dream that has entranced audiences for over 400 years. --Raphael Shargel
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Harper Entertainment, New York, 1999. Soft Cover. Book Condition: New. First Printing. New book, unmarked but for remainder line to bottom edge. Sumptiously illustrated screenplay of the bard's amusement. Bookseller Inventory # 25579
Book Description Harper Paperbacks, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110061073563
Book Description Harper Paperbacks. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0061073563 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0014992
Book Description Harper Paperbacks 1999-04-21, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 1st. 0061073563 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Bookseller Inventory # TM-0061073563