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Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged with Hermia, but Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius. Oberon and Titania, of the ... See full summary »
Composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold was personally chosen by director Max Reinhardt. Both agreed early in the production to use the original incidental music written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, as the film's soundtrack. (Reinhardt had done a lavish stage production of the play at the Hollywood Bowl, and had used Mendelssohn's music. That production inspired Warner Bros. to make this movie version.) As the film runs over two hours it was obvious that Mendelssohn's composition would be too short. Instead of just repeating several musical cues to fit the film's final length Korngold adapted the incidental music and parts of some other compositions by Mendelssohn, re-orchestrated them for a larger orchestra and choir (most notably heard in his Wedding March version at the end) and composed some short musical bridges by himself. Thus he created a complete symphonic score for the movie based on Mendelssohn's music. However, he chose to remain uncredited as a composer and insisted on giving full musical credit to Mendelssohn.
Theseus - Duke of Athens:
Hippolyta, I wooed you with my sword and won your love, doing thee injuries. But, I will wed you in another key: with pomp, with triumph, and with reveling.
The opening credits appear as if they were "trickling down" from the top of the screen.
The print shown on Turner Classic Movies, and which is in the Turner Library, has an overture and exit music by Mendelssohn. It adds 9 minutes to the running time of the actual movie.
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