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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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The idea of Prospero's library including 24 books was based on the famous saying by Jean-Luc Godard that "cinema is truth 24 times a second". See more »

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Visually & artistically stunning
30 May 2000 | by (England) – See all my reviews

The film opens with a cornucopia of fascinating images, including many naked bodies. The are a lot of nude bodies on show in this film. Some swimming underwater, some prancing around liberally. Sir John Gielgud is the prominent figure and voice of the film. He tells us all about the books, and his daughter on an island where they both are located. The story isn't going to entrap many viewers, but the look of it all really needs to be watched. Greenaway opens image after image in the centre of each frame, and large books are opened. The front of a woman's body is removed to reveal all her internal organs. It really deserves to be seen just to look at it all. This film is very appealing to the eye.


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