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Prospero's Books (1991)

R  |   |  Fantasy, Drama  |  30 August 1991 (UK)
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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... 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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Fantasy | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive nudity | See all certifications »

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30 August 1991 (UK)  »

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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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A tempting view of The Tempest
6 December 1998 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Imagine if William Shakespeare, Leonardi DaVinci, Sigmond Freud, and Jean Luc Goddard all met in a dark alley, got drunk together, and made a film. If you could image the result, you would then get an idea of what this movie is about.

Told with the help multiple on-screen images and the strength of Sir John Guilgud narration and acting skills, Greenaway brings a new face to Shakespeare's "The Tempest." This film is innovative, sensual, and challenging as Shakespeare intended.

I would warn that this film sparks a cast of about 100+ naked people. Although it is nudity used in the best taste possible, this is not a film to be showing to the High School English class.


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