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  • Actors: Mia Farrow, Jose Ferrer, Julie Hagerty, Tony Roberts, Mary Steenburgen
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005O06K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,020 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy" on IMDb

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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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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 fiancÃ(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!

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It's charming & funny!
Sara Gutierrez
Woody Allen uses his "off screen" dialogue techniques better in this film than in any of his others and his sense of whimsey makes this movie a sheer delight.
Mike H.
Woody Allen is hilarious!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 2001
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr Terry Lane on November 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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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on April 2, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
`A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy' and `Shadows and Fog' are two of Woody Allen's `second tier movies, less highly regarded than `Annie Hall', `Manhattan', and `Hannah and Her Sisters', but nonetheless a great pleasure to watch over and over again for anyone who has a taste for Allen's movies. The fact that Allen's movies, even these parodies of classic works and genres are primarily about characters and their personalities, passions, and foibles rather than about story, so you don't loose the primary reason for watching the movie as you do when you watch `The Maltese Falcon' or `Die Hard' or even `The Terminator' for the first time. I have seen both of these movies several times and I constantly find new pleasures in the dialogue.

Aside from their both being genre parodies, both movies share several other aspects, not the least of which is Allen's usual well oiled crew plus great `visiting' Director of Photography. I am constantly amazed at the consistently high level of quality in the filming of Allen's movies, since he has a great reputation for bringing his works in within schedule and under budget. Part of his economy is probably due to the fact that while Allen as director is not in the same league as Martin Scorsese or even Clint Eastwood, lots of actors drop what they are doing to be able to appear in the next Woody Allen film. And, they probably appear for a lot less money than they would for Marty or Clint. I also sense in some scenes that Allen lets little flubs go to the final print which Scorsese, for example, would reshoot until it was perfect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Schonberg on August 14, 2009
Format: DVD
Light hearted and whimsical....lots of fun to watch over and over. Late Victorian era set in the East Coast.... great costumes and location.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I think this is one of the best film comedies ever. It's surely one of Allen's best. It plays all his themes, from being a jerk to winning the girl, from love triangles to silly human foibles. It's fast-paced at times and at other times idyllic and lyrical. And it's an excellent version of Midsummer Night's Dream, which is an intellectually-satisfying bonus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 14, 2013
Format: DVD
ingmar bergman made a film called SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT which stephen sondheim later adapted into the musical A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC. it is a house party at a summer house where old loves are reawakened. it is set at roughly the turn of the century. the famous song SEND IN THE CLOWNS came from the musical. this film is the third incarnation of that work. i like it but i don't like it quite as much as the originals.

however, there is quite a lot to like to this film and allen has certainly reworked the idea enough so that there are new twists. this was his big first movie with mia farrow. it is set around the turn of the century and the action takes place at a summerhouse in new york state. there are three couples all of whom aren't sure they want to stay with the same person with whom they start the movie.

the cinematography is gorgeous. this is one of allen's most beautiful films and the period costumes, cars and paraphenalia enhance the magical mood. allen also is a part time inventor but some of his inventions are magical which preserves his fascination, as always, with magic.

jose ferrer plays the totally obnoxious older professor. i can now see where this character was reprised in CRIMES & MISDEMEANORS as the alan alda movie producer. ferrer is hilarious as this pompous toad.

mia farrow would stretch herself in later roles with allen. in this one she is just playing the usual role she was known for before metting allen, i.e. as a beautiful woman who men adore. all three men in this film do.

it was great seeing allen play around with his flying machine and his magic ball too. it reminded me of his zany moments in SLEEPER.

all in all, this is a very enjoyable summer movie but i don't personally find it to be one of his perfect balancing acts of high comedy with drama masterpieces.
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