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Release Date:
30 August 1991 (UK) See more »
Genre:
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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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(20 articles)
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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A visually astonishing celebration of Shakespeare 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
Runtime:
124 min | 129 min
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Trivia:
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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Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.157" (2010)See more »

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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A visually astonishing celebration of Shakespeare, 30 May 2003
Author: (chris@cfowler.demon.co.uk) from London, England

This is Peter Greenaway's most humane and enthralling feature, a visual tour-de-force which re-interprets Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' through the books of magic with which Prospero creates his realm. Sir John Gielgud gives a moving, heartfelt farewell performance in the title role, Michael Clarke is a sinuous, demonic Caliban, and Michael Nyman's score is fittingly triumphant. One sequence - the Masque - even turns the film into an opera.

Although the visuals are overloaded to a level of decadence rarely seen on film, it is always with a purpose. One quibble; Prospero's overlaying of his own voice on the characters makes some of the dialogue difficult to follow, especially if you are unfamiliar with the source material. The film demands to be seen on a wide screen.

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