Written and Directed by Woody Allen
Starring Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Jose Ferrer, Julie Hagerty, Tony Roberts, Mary Steenburgen
- Informational pamphlet
- Theatrical Trailer
Released by: MGM Home Video.
My Advice: Borrow it unless you’re a Woody Allen fan.
Leopold (Ferrer), a renowned professor confident in the rationality of life and his own brilliance, is to marry Ariel (Farrow), a smart, beautiful, and young woman. The ceremony is to take place at the country house of Leopold’s cousin Adrian (Steenburgen) and her husband Andrew (Allen), an amateur inventor and spiritualist. Andrew, we discover, had a relationship with Ariel that was never consummated. This sexual tension does not help the problems Adrian and Andrew have in the bedroom. Also at this pastoral retreat are Andrew’s friend Maxwell (Roberts), a doctor who enjoys giving complete examinations to his female patients and his nurse, Dulcy (Hagerty), a naÃ¯ve yet sexually frank girl. Maxwell is also attracted to Ariel while Leopold is drawn to Dulcy’s animal charms. Add a flying machine and a spirit ball and you have all the ingredients for A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy.
While there are no special features on the disc, the box has an informational pamphlet talking about some of the themes about the movie, Allen’s own thoughts, and some trivia about its making. It’s odd that they didn’t include this on the disc, where you wouldn’t have the risk of losing the separate leaflet. And Allen doesn’t usually beef up his releases with a lot of features, so we kinda knew what we were in for here.
Bottom line is that while A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy is a nice movie to look at, I think it can be of interest to Allen aficionados only. Rent it if you must, but only true hardcore Allen fans will want to own.