A Midsummer Night's Dream (1969 film)

Le songe d'une nuit d'été
Directed by Jean-Christophe Averty
Based on A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare
Music by Jean-Claude Pelletier
Cinematography Claude Galland
Release dates
  • December 25, 1969 (1969-12-25) (France)
Running time
140 minutes
Country France
Language French

Le Songe d'une nuit d'été (A Midsummer Night's Dream) is a French TV film from 1969, based on A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, directed by Jean-Christophe Averty


The four lovers Hermia (Christine Delaroche), Helena (Claude Jade), Lysander (Michel Ruhl) and Demetrius (Dominique Serina) are fleeing from the marriage plans of their parents in the forest near Athens. Poor condition, because Helena's fiance Demetrius is in love with Hermia. Since Helena wants to regain its Demetrius, she reveals the escape plan. Now mistaken the four through the thicket in the realm of the elves. There is a dispute between the elves couple Oberon (Jean-Claude Drouot) and Titania (Christiane Minazzoli) for abundant tangles makes. For a potion dripped accidentally from Puck (Michel Tureau) into the wrong eye, now makes the young men Lysander and Demetrius fell in love with that being that they will wake up first. Now both are competing for the previously unloved Helena. Hermia is again jealous girlfriend. Standing between the envious Hermia and the amorous gallants, Helena begins to despair. While the young people argue, some craftsmen get lost in the woods. One of them is used by Oberon to also to play a trick on Titania. She falls in love with a craftsman with a donkey head. Oberon eliminates the mess by sending the Athenians love quartet once again to sleep ...


Le Songe d'une nuit d'été is an early work of video art. France at that time the most successful TV show director Jean-Christophe Averty let his actors, mostly internationally known movie stars like Claude Jade, Christine Delaroche, Jean-Claude Drouot and Marie Versini, in front of a blue screen play and let the Athenian forest and the palace arise in a mixture of frescoes and hypnotic color games. It also change the sizes of the players that migrate for example in front of the shot Closeup their partner or wish to exclude themselves from paintings of vases. Averty attracted from all former trick technical possibilities.

In troop of artisans among others acting the comedian duo Michel Modo and Guy Grosso, known as Berlicot and Tricart from the The Troops of St. Tropez-films with Louis de Funes.


Maurice Clavel from the Nouvel Observateur the work celebrated as perfectly harmonious and aesthetic science and compared the images with noise of a galaxy. At another miracle of the movie he counted the rapid presentation of the actress Claude Jade as Helena. Le Monde says the TV movie for "chef d'oeuvre" and France Soir called an epoch-date and a revolution in the history of the Directing in TV Movies. "Averty, the rather too much than too little would accuse of ideas, created a colorful phantasmagoria, failing for the categories like arts, crafts or kitsch." (critics for German TV Release)


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