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This film is part of our series 'Hidden Gems'. It can be watched by registered users who make a donation. For more details, please click here.
We have included this film in our program to illustrate the work and contributions of our star Florence Turner.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream", produced by Vitagraph and directed by Charles Kent, is a short film based on the fantasy play of Shakespeare.
Viewers are advised to read the plot that follows before proceeding with the film.
Hermia loves Lysander, but her father's wish is that she marry Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander elope into the woods. Demetrius follows them and Helena follows Demetrius, whom she loves. Meanwhile, Titania (Florence Turner), the queen of the fairies, quarrels with another fairy, Penelope, who orders a junior fairy called Puck (Gladys Hulette) to find a magic herb that will cause a sleeper to love the first creature he sees upon awakening. Soon Lysander and Demetrius are smitten with the wrong girls and Titania has fallen in love with a tradesman turned into a donkey. When Penelope discovers all this mischief, she lifts the spell.
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A Midsummer Night's Dream
Florence Turner is Titania, the queen of the fairies in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1909).
Florence Turner has an argument with another fairy in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1909).
Florence Turner sleeps under the spell of the magic herb in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1909).
Florence Turner wakes up and sees the donkey in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1909).
Florence Turner falls in love with the donkey in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1909).
Florence Turner declares her love to the donkey in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1909).
Florence Turner and the donkey enjoy a nice walk in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1909).
Florence Turner and the donkey enjoy a moment of rest in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1909).
Florence Turner falls for the donkey; Gladys Hulette is a junior fairy
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