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A Midsummer Nights Dream is arguably the best play ever written by William Shakespeare The play has undergoes numerous transformations being re-invented in musical and dozen of films The text shows it great usefulness with each new interpretation depending on the directors version A Midsummer Nights Dream can be a light fantasy a dark nightmare a jesting comedy or a semi-serious melodrama Michael Hoffman director of the 1999 production of A Midsummer Nights Dream has present it on the big screen with a new look of modernize atmosphere and setting Hoffman does not stay true to the text but he must take liberties to allow this film to be entertaining to todays audience In this essay I will compare the similarity and difference between the text version and the film version of Act 11 21 and 31 in A Midsummer Nights Dream in terms of the setting and time Hoffmans characters adaptation and finally Hoffmans personal adaptation In Michael Hoffmans film A Midsummer Nights Dream Hoffman has made some changes to the location and time period of the play Hoffmans change the setting of A Midsummer Nights Dream from Ancient Greece in the text to the 19th century in a town of Monte Athena in Italy Hoffmans may haven chosen Italy instead of Greece for various reasons He might felt that Italy has more of a universal romantic feel to it and that its much more well know to the general moviegoers Another difference in the setting is In Act 2 scenes 1 the forest scene It is obviously that the forest looks like a set and that the viewer can tell its fake Hoffmans probably had to film the forest scene indoor at a studio for some reasons They might need room to maneuver people and cameras so the real outdoor will not do The director doesnt have to deal with the weather or having enough sun light Also the indoor setting allows
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