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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 »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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The Tempest – review
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 5 March 2011, 4:04 PM, PST)

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A notable work, but come prepared 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
 
Production Management
Karin Van Der Werff .... production manager
 
Art Department
Rob Duiker .... carpenter
John Rawsthorn .... painter
Jorien Sont .... props maker
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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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A notable work, but come prepared, 12 February 2001
Author: asu from somewhere else

I was absolutely in awe the first time I saw this film, but haven't really been able to sit through it again (its mainly the shoddy VHS I own), but I plan to give it the time it deserves. First off, I love Shakespeare, and I knew the Tempest fairly well before seeing this. I can imagine enjoying it fresh, but honestly, its main pts are for those familiar with the play. That said, Greenway has created a grand piece of artwork with this film. I love plot, I miss it often (and its often missing these days), but I equally enjoy works that don't use it or go beyond it. The visuals are lush, and Michael Nyman's score is fantastic...Prospero's Books is more experience than story, like a painting or a song.

Understandbly, Greenway is one of those filmmakers whose audience should be prepared for something different than the regular fare. I have a feeling my own attachment to the source material may be casting the film more glowingly than it deserves. The play has its flaws too, but for someone who takes the time it certainly rewards you well.

I'll comment on the nudity, very briefly. Sex, sensuality, and natural forms are three things that can be very differently perceived, and Prospero's Books deals with it in an adult (as in mature) manner, come that way and you'll be fine.

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