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1875MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, A*MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, A*1968color119 minvhs (Directed by Peter Hall; with David Varner, Diana Rigg, Bill Travers and the Royal Shakespeare Company) Peter Hall has remarked that he uses "the advantages of the cinema not to make a film in the accepted sense, but to communicate the words." The result is the fullest use of a Shakespearean text on film (only ten lines cut) and contemporary cinematic methods to enhance the performances of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The keynote of the production, in Hall's words, is that "fairy tales must be concrete if they are to be human and not whimsical." (Restricted to classroom use only)