Comparing Two Film Versions of A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

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Comparing Two Film Versions of A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare Introduction The two films we have been asked to compare are both different versions of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. The first was a big screen movie, by Michael Hoffman and made in 1998. This film was set in the 19th Century in the fictional city of Monte Athena and starred major actors and actresses such as Sophie Marceau, Kelvin Klein, Rupert Everett and Calista Flockhart. The second was a budget film made for channel 4 by Royal Shakespeare Company. Adrian Noble was the producer and the film was made in 1994. It was much more surrealistic because this version of the film was based on a young boy's…show more content…
The actual fairy world was filled with light bulbs, and it was a mostly blue-black backdrop. The only light seemed to be focused on the characters on stage. In the human world, Noble uses different colours to show different colours in different rooms. For instance, he used blue to show springtime, or when the male characters are being unfaithful. Black, to show evil, red to show dram and sex, e.g. the scene where Titania lures bottom in to her bower, the bed, cushions and blankets are all red. He also uses yellow and orange to show a play within a play. In the film, different rooms are painted these different colours to show the mood within the room. However, the fairy's clothes are very bright, and make the fairy world look a little brighter. Each of the fairies seems to have a different outfit, based on one colour, but Oberon has very dark clothes. Camera Angles In a film, the producer or director has many opportunities to use a variety of camera angles. In film A, even before any words are spoken, the camera shows a medium shot of the country house, followed by shots of activity, tables being laid, and food being prepared, then, the camera goes into close-up mode and it picks out various items of food, and then theseus. Then, the camera pans across the landscape. This gives you an idea of where the play is set and what is
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