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Sunday, 8 July 2012

A Dream Comes True - Star of the month... Olivia de Havilland

"A Dream Comes True: The Making of an Unusual Motion Picture" is a 8 minute short film documenting the making of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

Narrated by Addison Richards, the short begins with footage from the premiere of  A Midsummer Night's Dream', before going into the making of the film. 

A highlight of the film is the footage of Erich Wolfgang Korngold playing the piano, as it is the only known footage of Korngold playing the piano. 

There is also some interesting footage of a giant fan cooling the set after filming - the studio lights made the studio very hot and uncomfortable for cast and crew.

All the great stars from the film appear in the short: Olivia de HavillandJames CagneyDick PowellJoe E. BrownAnita LouiseIan HunterRoss AlexanderGrant MitchellFrank McHughVictor Jory and Mickey Rooney

We are also treated to some other stars attending the premiere: Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Paul Muni, Cesar Romero, George Brent, Frank McHugh, Pat O'Brien, Marion Davies, Freddie Bartholomew, Warren William, Lyle Talbot and Delores del Rio, just to name a few.

Behind the scenes footage of movies in the 1930's was not a regular activity, as it is today, which is what makes this short film so important and interesting to watch,

Watch the film on YouTube: 

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