Video: "A Midsummer Night's Dream," 1999 Trailer
Excerpt from Roger Ebert review of Michael Hoffman's version of "William Shakespeare's a Midsummer Night's Dream":
Michael Hoffman's new film of "William Shakespeare's a Midsummer Night's Dream"(who else's?) is updated to the 19th century, set in Italy and furnished with bicycles and operatic interludes. But it is founded on Shakespeare's language and is faithful, by and large, to the original play. Harold Bloom complains in his wise best seller, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, that the play's romantic capers have been twisted by modern adaptations into "the notion that sexual violence and bestiality are at the center of this humane and wise drama." He might approve of this version, which is gentle and lighthearted, and portrays Bottom not as a lustful animal but as a nice enough fellow who has had the misfortune to wake up with donkey's ears--"amiably innocent, and not very bawdy," as Bloom describes him.
Link to the full review and information source: Rogerebert.com - http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/william-shakespeares-a-midsummer-nights-dream-1999