A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)

PG   |    |  Comedy


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A wacky inventor and his wife invite two other couples for a weekend party at a romantic summer house in the 1900s countryside.

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  • Woody Allen and Mia Farrow in A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)
  • Mary Steenburgen and Julie Hagerty in A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)
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30 August 2001 | Gyran
Manhattan in the woods
When I saw this film I thought it was from Allen's early period and I thought of it as a prototype Manhattan but when I checked the chronology I discovered that it belongs to his middle period and postdates both Annie Hall and Manhattan. It really is like Manhattan set in the woods of New England. As far as I can see, it is his first film with Mia Farrow and his camera is besotted with her as are all the male characters in the film. Mary Steeburgen also looks good although I can never work out whether she really can act or whether she is just having trouble with her contact lenses. The scenes of New England are beautifully shot and are ravishing to look at. I thought the element of mysticism sat uneasily with the rest of the film.

This film is said to be Allen's take on the Bergman film Three Smiles of a Summer Night although I cannot comment on this because I last saw the Bergman film 35 years ago at a student film society. Maybe the mystical element in Allen's film is lifted from Bergman. There are also obvious parallels with A Midsummer Night's Dream with the mortals swapping partners and with spirits flitting about in the woods. In keeping with the subject matter, Allen uses Mendelssohn for the incidental music rather that his usual classic jazz numbers.

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