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Shakespeare In Film: Free Lecture Series - 1935 ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’


Join us for a discussion with the KPBS film critic Beth Accomando about the 1935 Midsummer adaptation with James Cagney and Mickey Rooney!

About this event
Join us for a look at a truly delightful screen adaptation of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer's Night's Dream" from 1935! This film was a surprising entry from Warner Brothers, which was known for its gritty dramas and gangster films, but tough guy James Cagney does a wonderful turn as Bottom. Plus enjoy Mickey Rooney as a most mischievous Puck, the lovely Olivia DeHavilland as Hermia, and Joe E. Brown as Flute. This is a fantasy romance as only old school Hollywood magic can create.

About Beth
Beth Accomando covers arts and culture around San Diego for KPBS News. She has been a film critic for more than 25 years and began at KPBS in 1987. Since 1997 she has been covering independent and international cinema as well as pop culture for National Public Radio and Public Radio International’s The World. She has received numerous Society of Professional Journalist Awards and San Diego Press Club Awards for her radio and web site work at KPBS. She has also received 11 southwestern area Emmy Awards in the categories of producing, writing, and sound design for promotional spots as well as national Pro Max and Telly Awards while working at Fox. She is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Online Film Critics Society, and is the past President and former Education Chairperson for the San Diego Film Critics Society. She served as the festival director of Film School Confidential: A Showcase of San Diego Student Filmmaking.

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