Midsummer Night’s Dream, A (2014): By Julie Taymor

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julie Taymor, U.S.

International Premiere

Of all Shakespeare’s plays, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is the most phantasmagorical, with fairies, spells, and hallucinatory lovers. His flights of fancy are well matched to the talents of Taymor, who turns out a production that’s visually breathtaking, funny, sexy, and darkly poetic.

This immersive, inventive cinematic experience took place during Julie Taymor’s highly acclaimed inaugural stage production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the new Polonsky Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2013.

Characteristic of Taymor, the feats of visual imagination are ingenious and plentiful, but beating at the center of the film is an emotionally moving take on the deeper human aspects of this beloved tale.