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A Midsummer Night’s Wet Dream – Silent Film

In the days before filmmakers discovered how to make movies with sight and sound, they created visual tapestries devoid of a sense that we today take for granted. We live in an area with YouTube and before MTV were we as a consumer require both. Not since the birth of the 1980’s are we satisfied with just hearing music, we need to see it as well. Musicians attract billions of views on YouTube, not because of their music, but because of their music-video. Sight and sound is a powerful mix.

When you go to see a Shakespeare play put on by your local community theater, you encounter the plays as William Shakespeare most desired. He could not have foreseen cinema, but he knew the importance of seeing his actors and hearing his dialogue. Shakespeare more than any other author needs to be heard and seen. How many high-school students try listening to a recording of a Shakespeare play to ease their pain in the writing of their book report, but come away from the experience befuddled. Scholars have for centuries raised the genius of Shakespeare’s dialogue to the heights of idolatry.

In an era with a nascent film industry was attempting to communicate with only one sense, Shakespeare remained immensely popular. The audience has been robbed of the glory and genius of Shakespeare’s words, but filmmakers continued to return to Shakespeare time-and-time-again as a source of the films and audiences continued to flock to watch. The dialogue so expertly crafted by the Bard was by necessary abridged and bastardized to fit into the confines of the dialogue-cards projected on the screen.

But something unforeseen occurred during my viewing a silent film from the first decade of the 20th century. I was knee deep in the eroticizing of A Midsummer Night’s Dream when I watched the silent film for added inspiration. And I was thunderstruck by the added inspiration. I did not need to film my own adaptation of the Marquis de Sade’s A Midsummer Night’s Wet Dream because all that was required of me was changed the dialogue-cards. Switch out the original dialogue for my own eroticized dialogue and -poof- a completely new film experience has been created without altering the visuals at all. But I did do some creative editing of another early silent film, but that was my own creative hubris.

Imagine you and your poker buddies have acquired the canister of a silent stag film from 1909 and are about to watch it in the cigar-filled backroom of a speak-easy. With drinks in hand and libidos aroused, enjoy.

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