A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935) and OGOM 2020

Next year will be the tenth anniversary of the OGOM Project. Sam and I are working on something very special and magical for our celebrations and 2020 conference. All will be revealed soon but some of our background research involved watching Max Reinhardt’s 1935 film production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s a remarkably good film, though some performances may be a little weak. But it’s visually superb and evokes a truly other world of slightly Gothic Faery through light and shade and effects that still seem spectacular.

Serendipitously, the next day I found this steamy Regency bodice ripper (featuring Robin ‘Puck’ Goodfellow Blackthorn and an abduction from a masked ball) in a charity shop:

A related theme can be found in Sam’s Twitter Moment, where she has been researching the interrelationship of fairies and the Gothic in Victorian painting and literature: Victorian Fairies and the Gothic.

John Fitzgerald, Fairies Looking Through a Gothic Arch (1864)

About William the Bloody

Cat lover. 18C scholar on the dialogue and novel. Co-convenor OGOM Project
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