A Midsummer Set in Fellini's Backyard

In preparing his film version of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, director Michael Hoffman says he had two options regarding the work's centerpiece setting, the Magic Forest. "You have a choice between two sorts of artificiality," he elaborates. "You can shoot in a real forest at night, and be locked in a world of unending blue moonlight and problems of specificity and control. Or you can do it on a soundstage, and control and vary the light. One of the themes of the movie for

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