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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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Brilliant, but not an easy watch See more (77 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 was John Gielgud's favorite stage role and he had attempted to mount a film of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" for decades, contacting Orson Welles, Akira Kurosawa and Ingmar Bergman about directing and Welles and Albert Finney about playing Caliban. The version with Welles directing and playing Caliban was in preparation until the financial failure of Welles' and Gielgud's film of 'Falstaff (1966)' forced the project to fall through, where it laid dormant until Gielgud finally convinced Peter Greenaway to make this version.See more »
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Referenced in Peter Greenaway in Indianapolis (1997) (V)See more »

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32 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant, but not an easy watch, 8 November 1998
Author: Scoopy from Budapest

Peter Greenaway is one of the great filmmakers, with an original and personal vision. This movie is a marvelous mixture of Shakespeare, visual poetry, music, art ... a feast for the imagination.

Having said that, I must add that I watched it with my wife whose succinct comment was "pretentious". Well, yes, it is a little pretentious, and there are spots that move along too slowly, so you can't just "let it happen" as you do with most movies. This one requires you to pay attention.

It includes what must be the longest single pan to the side ever filmed. I'm not sure how long it was, but it went on forever. I guess it must have gone more than 360 degrees, circled back to the original spot, where new sets had replaced the old. I'm not sure. But it is dazzling. Actually, you can take virtually any frame from this movie and make it into a poster.

Films have been around for about a century, and there isn't much around that doesn't recycle old material. Peter Greenaway is an exception. Like him or not, he's a dyed-in-the-wool original.

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