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Release Date:
30 August 1991 (UK) See more »
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A magician's spell, the innocence of young love and a dream of revenge unite to create a tempest.
Plot:
An exiled magician finds an opportunity for revenge against his enemies muted when his daughter and... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Scala Beyond: new season urges cinephiles to show films their way
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 26 June 2012, 4:31 AM, PDT)

Erland Josephson, 1923 - 2012
 (From MUBI. 29 February 2012, 1:31 AM, PST)

The Tempest – review
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 5 March 2011, 4:04 PM, PST)

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Amazing Scholarship See more (78 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Peter Greenaway 
 
Writing credits
William Shakespeare (play "The Tempest")

Peter Greenaway 

Produced by
Philippe Carcassonne .... co-producer
Masato Hara .... associate producer
Kees Kasander .... executive producer
Kees Kasander .... producer
Michel Seydoux .... co-producer
Denis Wigman .... executive producer
Roland Wigman .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Nyman 
 
Cinematography by
Sacha Vierny 
 
Film Editing by
Marina Bodbijl 
 
Production Design by
Ben van Os 
Jan Roelfs 
 
Costume Design by
Ellen Lens 
 
Makeup Department
Mariël Hoevenaars .... assistant makeup artist
 
Art Department
Rob Duiker .... carpenter
John Rawsthorn .... painter
Floris Vos .... propmaker
Ben Zuydwijk .... painter
Peter Greenaway .... sculptor: Prospero's books (uncredited)
Todd Van Hulzen .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Mike Dowson .... sound re-recording mixer
Mathew Knights .... sound editor
Garth Marshall .... production sound
Chris Wyatt .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nico Komen .... best boy
Chris Renson .... camera operator
Reinier van Brummelen .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ellen Lens .... costume designer: Prospero's creatures
Debbie Luiten .... wardrobe assistant
Cyntia Roosberg .... wardrobe assistant
Dien van Straalen .... wardrobe mistress
Emi Wada .... costume designer: Prospero's cloak
 
Music Department
Tim Amhurst .... musician: double bass
Graham Ashton .... musician: trumpet
Alexander Balanescu .... musician: violin
Nigel Barr .... musician: bass trombone
Jonathan Carney .... musician: violin
Richard Clews .... musician: horn
Clare Conners .... musician: violin
David Cunningham .... music producer
Marjorie Dunn .... musician: horn
Martin Elliott .... musician: bass guitar
Andrew Findon .... musician: tenor/baritone saxophone, piccolo and flute
John Harle .... musician: soprano and alto saxophone
Tony Hinnigan .... musician: cello
Lynda Houghton .... musician: double bass
Sarah Leonard .... musician: Soprano solo
Paul Morgan .... musician: double bass
Kate Musker .... musician: viola
Michael Nyman .... musical director
Michael Nyman .... musician: piano
Justin Pearson .... musician: cello
David Rix .... musician: clarinet and bass clarinet
Steve Saunders .... musician: bass trombone
Jamie Talbot .... musician: soprano and alto saxophone
 
Other crew
Michael Clark .... choreographer: Caliban
Milfid Ellis .... coach: actors
Jacques Janssen .... Milanese hats
Han Ing Lim .... book designer
Caitlin Maynard .... production assistant
Maggie McMahon .... Milanese ruffs
Roger Phillips .... end titles
Eve Ramboz .... infography
Kayo Sakurai .... assistant: Emi Wada
Karine Saporta .... choreographer
Trix van Alphen .... publicist
 

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Rated R for pervasive nudity
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124 min | 129 min
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Prospero's 'poor cell' is based on a painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Antonello da Messina called 'St. Jerome in His Study' (1460-1475).See more »
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Referenced in Peter Greenaway in Indianapolis (1997) (V)See more »

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48 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Amazing Scholarship, 9 July 2000
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

Shakespeare is without peer, the man of whom Harold Bloom said he invented humanity. `The Tempest' is his richest and essentially his last play, clearly about himself and his career. John Gielgud is the finest Shakespearean actor of our age. Greenaway is the most creative, lush and introspective filmmaker working.

This film is important.

I've already had one comment some time back. But on reviewing, there are two things I'd like to point you to when you see it.

Prospero is based on Shakespeare himself of course, but also on Thomas Harriot, who was a Kabbalist. Harriot had led a mission to the new world in 1585, where he wintered over with Algonquian priests. He came back convinced of having discovered a new cosmology which he never published (because of continuing trials for heresy). But he did share with Galileo, Kepler and Descartes.

Shakespeare satirized Harriot in `Love's Labors Lost' as Holofernes, because Harriot was then allied with an opposing clique (including rival poet Marlowe). But they became close as events unfolded.

The first point is to look for Thomas Harriot's only published work, about his trip to Virginia. It is the Book of Utopias, with the paintings by artist John White. Just after that the sprites act out the Indian magical circle described by Harriot.

Second: Harriot's Kabbalah is based on 21 paths that the magician can open, and one that opens automatically as part of the game of life. Here, Greenaway has Prospero open the 21 books in weaving his magic. When he closes them, the spell recedes. The 22nd is the Book of Games, which the lovers open and close. Kabbalah provides for two `invisible' paths for creating magical artifacts. This we have in the Folio and The Tempest, numbers 23 and 24.

Gielgud suggested the collaboration, and we suppose the scholarship was a joint project. But this is deep work indeed, the only production I know that understood what the play is all about.

Greenaway says: "Theres a project, I'd like very much to do, called Prospero's Creatures' about what happened before the beginning. Sort of a prelude to The Tempest. And I've also written a play called Miranda, about what happens afterwards on the ship on the way home. It's about what happens to innocence and how it has to be destroyed."

We can only hope.

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