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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Ein Sommernachtsstraum: En heiteres Fastnachtsspiel (1925, Hans Neumann)

TitleEin Sommernachtsstraum: En heiteres Fastnachtsspiel
Release LocationsGermany
DirectorHans Neumann
MediumBlack & white video
Length50 mins
Play ConnectionsA Midsummer Night's Dream (derivative)


The Berlin censors forbade children to see this one. The German filmmakers were way ahead of their times in their eagerness to deconstruct the Shakespearean text. Werner Krauss, famous for his role as Dr. Caligari as well as for his Iago with Emil Jannings in Othello, appears as Bottom

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

TheseusTheodor Becker
HippolytaRuth Weyher
BottomWerner Krauss

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorHans Neumann

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell