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Prospero's Books (1991)

An exiled magician finds an opportunity for revenge against his enemies muted when his daughter and the son of his chief enemy fall in love in this uniquely structured retelling of the 'The... See full summary »

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An exiled magician finds an opportunity for revenge against his enemies muted when his daughter and the son of his chief enemy fall in love in this uniquely structured retelling of the 'The Tempest'. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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A magician's spell, the innocence of young love and a dream of revenge unite to create a tempest.

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Rated R for pervasive nudity | See all certifications »

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30 August 1991 (UK)  »

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A Última Tempestade  »

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£1,500,000 (estimated)

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$1,750,301 (USA)
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In the horizontal tracking shot that follows Prospero as he makes his way through the Island, the various figures behind the opening credits are based on their allegorical association with Water (as this is an adaptation of 'The Tempest'); Peter Greenaway has confirmed that there are actually 100 figures of Biblical, Mythological, Historical relevance. The theme is further explored in another short program made for TV by Greenaway called A Walk Through Prospero's Library (1991). See more »

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Cinematic Magic - the Bard is the touchstone for today's technology
5 February 2000 | by (Tuross, Australia) – See all my reviews

Peter Greenaway has given us a visual cinematic treat. This dazzling blend of technology, allegory and imagination is a multi-layered treat for those who seek the art that video and the digital world promise. Watch this movie on video to properly savour the intelligence and artistic genius that guides this visual delight.

Do not expect rationality or straight-line logic. Rather, enjoy this as a unique and idiosyncratic artistic cinematic vision. Pure cinema. All you need to know is the basic story of "The Tempest". Shakespeare. I am sure, would have understood what Peter Greenaway was about in providing such entertainment for a 20th century audience.


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