“A Midsummer Night’s Dream is based on the famous poetic comedy by William Shakespeare, first performed in 1605. Three worlds meet in this story: the noble world of three Athens couples, a common popular world of tradesmen amateur theatre and a fairy-tale happiness of magic creatures as elves and nymphs. The film is considered the most remarkable Jirí Trnka’s work and a milestone in the history of the world animation.
Right before the wedding of Theseus (Duke of Athens) and Hippolyta, the young couple Lysander and Hermia want to be together, but her father forbids it. Meanwhile, Demetrius is also in love with Hermia, and Helena is in love with him. The four end up in the forest that evening. The same night, Oberon (King of the Fairies) enlists his servant Puck to trick the queen, Titania. He’s to collect a magical flower with dew that causes love. The fairies’ plan goes awry when the mortals get in the way.
An English-language dubbed version was made with narration by Richard Burton.
The film won several awards including the Prize of the Technical Committee in Cannes and an Honorable Medal at the Venice Film Festival.”