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A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

Mia Farrow , Jose Ferrer    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Teeming with all the beauty of an impressionist painting (The New York Times) A Midsummer Night s Sex Comedy is writer/director Woody Allen s lightest and most sensual film (L.A. Weekly) to date. Starring Allen Mia Farrow (directed by Allen for the first time) Jose Ferrer Julie Hagerty Tony Roberts and Mary Steenburgen A Midsummer Night s Sex Comedy is a dazzling uproarious masterpiece from America s best comic filmmaker (The Film Journal)! Love is in the air and magic is afoot when turn-of-the-century inventor Andrew and his wife Adrian host a country wedding for the pompous philosopher Dr. Leopold and his young fianca(c)e Ariel. But when Andrew s best friend the randy Dr. Maxwell Jordan and his lusty nurse Dulcy turn up for the festivities the stage is soon set for thwarted seductions mismatched mates and magical mayhem as Maxwell falls for Ariel Ariel seduces Andrew Leopold beds Dulcyand the bride and groom say I do to everyone except each other!. Actors: Jose Ferrer - Julie Hagerty - Mary Steenburgen - Mia Farrow - Tony Roberts. Director: Woody Allen. Format: DVD. Format Size: Widescreen. Runtime: 88 mins. Language: English. Subtitle: English Subtitles. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U.S. territories). Discs: 1. Rating: PG. Genre: Comedy. Release Year: 1982.

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In A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, Woody Allen mixes Shakespeare, Ingmar Bergman, and the music and art of the turn of the century. Allen plays Andrew, an inventor, whose listless marriage to Adrian (Mary Steenburgen) has lost all erotic zip. He welcomes two pairs of friends to his country home: college professor Leopold (José Ferrer) and his fiancée Ariel (Mia Farrow), and dentist Maxwell (Tony Roberts) and his suffragette nurse Dulcy (Julie Hagerty). Before long, everyone's lusting after everyone else's partner, and the plot twists and turns to a happy and magical conclusion. It's a light and airy film, perhaps a deliberate break from Allen's previous production, the caustic Stardust Memories; but the tone may also be due to his new relationship with Farrow, who went on to star in Allen's films for the next 10 years. --Bret Fetzer

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3.0 out of 5 stars A farce for farce's sake Jan. 7 2002
Format:DVD
A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHT SEX COMEDY (1982) dir. and writ. Woody Allen (who else?)
I saw it last night, first time on the glorious DVD edition. Had seen it before, but had faded memories.
Glorious photography by Gordon Willis (The Godfather). Music by Felix Mendelssohn.
Three mismatched couples set out for the countryside to have a look at nature (one imagines), and to seek libidinal pleasures.
Don't look for William Wordsworth, however, or for D.H. Lawrence here.
What you have is, as almost always, an irreverent farce, intended to ridicule both romantic and sexual love, and to illustrate the pettiness of human sexual relations. Nothing biting or archetypal here--just a little Woody Allen wit (when it hits), a little nonsense, silly people doing silly things, no love scenes to speak of, no plotline worth following, no memorable scenes (as happens in some Woody Allen). Of course, the literary references are there--this is a takeoff on Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream (what else with a title like that?)--the parody of a lyric farce, to put it this way--and the musical application of Mendelssohn's "Midsummer Night's Dream."
The whole blends wonderfully, if you don't mind all of the above and if you are intent on the photography and the music--and a few of the comic situations that spring up in the middle of the inanity of the whole, or the good one-liners that inevitably creep into everything Woody-Allenish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Under-Appreciated Masterpiece Dec 5 2001
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Format:DVD
Have to agree with Mr. Terry Lane--this is a fabulous movie. It's my sentimental favorite of all Allen's films. I've seen a lot of mediocre reviews of this film and that's a shame. I guess I couldn't rightly say that this is his "best" film, but I do believe it is his "best executed." The setting, the characters, the cinematography just all click. Sure, it isn't his deepest film, it is probably less cynical than most of his other films, but folks, that's not the point of this little gem. In spite of the Smiles on a Summer Night inspiration, this film really owes more (and owes it more directly) to Shakespeare's fantasy comedies like A Midsummer Night's Dream.
As one review mentioned, this is a piece of Impressionism. It isn't about meaning or message specifically--it's about mood. And let me tell you, this film captures the mood of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream better than any production of the play I have ever seen--and I'm not exaggerating. Critics of Woody Allen's "Sex Comedy" have no right mouthing off unless they are open to and can appreciate the whimsy that makes Shakespeare's comedies so affecting. That, it seems to me, was the point of the originals, and that is also the point of this movie. We, the audience, like gods are peering in on the mere mortals as they haplessly play at the game of life. We laugh at and with them because we are so far removed, but really, they reflect us, and this draws us in where we can also be happily implicated. In true comedy we recognize our own humanity--it is the art of comedy to show us these things that could be painful, this suffering that defines our existence, in a way that we can do nothing but laugh and simply accept it. That is a subtle art and one worthy of respect.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Woody in the Woods Nov. 15 2001
Format:DVD
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SEX COMEDY has little comparison to Shakespeares Midsummer Night's Dream. Well, there is partner swapping and the appearance of floating lights, but its true colors show through. Trapping members of the opposite sex in one property for the entire film, this film is more like Woody's claustophobic dramas (INTERIORS, SEPTEMBER) with a sense of humor. There are some great moments of humor, mostly limited to Woody Allen's standard character traits as he is thrust into a period piece. The film has some great cinematography and a nice classical music score, something that Woody usually avoids. One of Woody's average efforts, MIDSUMMER has a nice widescreen transfer and is also available in the latest WOODY ALLEN box set. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Midsummer night's bliss Nov. 20 2001
Format:DVD
At last, Woody's finest film on DVD. And it has never looked so good. Neither in the cinema nor on VHS has justice been done to this beautiful film, looking for all the world like an animated impressionist painting.
This is Mr Allen's most sentimental, romantic and least cynical work. The location, the light, the cinematography, Mendelsshon's music and Jose Ferrer's acting all work together to make a funny, charming, gorgeous film. And now we can see it widescreen, framed as Allen and Willis intended.
I have been waiting since DVD was invented for this film on disc. It is not a disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars His most beautiful film? Feb. 12 2002
By jumpy1
Format:DVD
When I first saw Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy I was enchanted. A sophisticatedly sexy cast in delightfully alluring circumstances, set in a country house surrounded by foliage and wildflowers and the buzzing of nature. The prudish clothing worn at the turn of the century makes the behavior that follows even more fun. He fills the film with scenes that are just shots of the surrounding nature, with Mendelssohn's music in the background -- just beautiful. It's also one of his tightest scripts. Small cast, few sets ... a brilliant example for anyone who wishes to make good movies.
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