Fun Size Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1909)

A tale of love in ancient Greece, penned by Shakespeare and squashed down to ten minutes by the Vitagraph film company. We get the expected drug-toting fairies, forbidden love and dudes with donkey heads.

While the story is severely abbreviated (to the point of confusion), the cast does good work, particularly a tween Gladys Hulette, who steals the show as Puck. Early matinee idol Maurice Costello is on hand as one of the lovers and his young daughters (and future movies stars) Dolores and Helene are present as fairies. Aww!

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How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

Everything is put right with a bit of fairy dust and everyone goes back to their appropriate partner.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Lavender Sugar Cubes. Tiny and a little bit frivolous but, hey, let’s live a little.

Availability: Released on DVD by Milestone as part of their excellent Silent Shakespeare collection.

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