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The Tempest – review

5 March 2011 4:04 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A film of the opening minutes of Herbert Beerbohm Tree's production of The Tempest was made in 1905. But there was no cinematic follow-up until after the second world war, when the play inspired a western (William Wellman's Yellow Sky) and a remarkable sci-fi yarn (Forbidden Planet), neither using Shakespeare's text. Then came Paul Mazursky's likable The Tempest (John Cassavetes as a self-exiled New York architect), which also dispensed with the text, and Derek Jarman's homoerotic version, which uses Shakespeare's words and turns the masque into a cabaret featuring Elisabeth Welch singing "Stormy Weather" with a chorus of prancing matelots. Peter Greenaway's postmodernist Prospero's Books had the 85-year-old John Gielgud (fulfilling a dream of playing Prospero on screen) speaking the lines of all the characters.

A decade ago, Julie Taymor made a well-acted, at times breathtakingly inventive film of Titus Andronicus that modulated from the ancient »

- Philip French

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Helen Mirren: 'I want to play Hamlet!'

3 March 2011 4:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

'National treasure'; 'sexy at 60' – the cliches continue to pile up around Helen Mirren's feet. But, as she tells Ryan Gilbey, she's been battling against being stereotyped for her entire career

Helen Mirren first gave an interview to this newspaper 42 years ago. All things considered, it could have gone better. The article was headlined "I've been sexy-looking since I was 14." Three days later she wrote to the letters page. "It is a shame that being interviewed by the Guardian should turn out to be such a miserable experience." Yes, she says with a rueful smile, she well remembers that interview, and its emphasis on her ambition and her looks. ("Miss Mirren is still widely regarded as a sexy actress.") She's foggier on the matter of her correspondence, but chuckles when I read out the sign-off line, in which she laments that the grotesque image of herself presented »

- Ryan Gilbey

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Coriolanus – review

15 February 2011 7:18 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Reconfigured as a study of modern warfare, complete with news channel inserts, Ralph Fiennes's directorial debut is a triumph

Ralph Fiennes played Coriolanus on stage more than a decade ago, and presumably it seemed like a safe choice with which to embark on a directorial career; like Kenneth Branagh before him with Henry V (and Laurence Olivier before him, with the same play), high-achieving theatre actors will be confident, and entirely credible, in their handling of the intricacies of the Shakespearean text. It's ironic, therefore, that the best film Shakespeares tend to be furthest removed from the British stage tradition: foreign-language versions such as Kurosawa's Throne of Blood and Ran, and Kozintsev's King Lear, don't need to worry about getting the poetry right. The most interesting English-language ones, such as Derek Jarman's Tempest and Peter Greenaway's Prospero's Books, affix their own preoccupations to the Shakespearean motifs, and »

- Andrew Pulver

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Peter Greenaway to Direct Romantic Comedy

14 February 2011 3:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

That headline is not a typo. Peter Greenaway, who is among the most art-oriented directors alive (Prospero's Books, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover) is set to write and direct his first romantic comedy. The film is called 4 Storms and 2 Babies, and is scheduled to shoot in Amsterdam later this year. Has the whole world gone crazy? Variety [1] says the film is "an unconventional love story about two men and a woman who becomes pregnant after a night of three-way sex with them." Whew! So 4 Storms and 2 Babies won't quite be The Proposal. In fact, this sounds very much like something Peter Greenaway might do. It actually sounds like something the Peter Greenaway of 1988 might do. That's kind of striking, since the director has of late been more interested in films that are either more conceptual art than narrative (The Tulse Luper Suitcases) or rooted in centuries-old art more than anything else. »

- Russ Fischer

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Peter Greenaway Planning 4 Storms and 2 Babies

14 February 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Peter Greenaway has his sights set on developing a romantic comedy called 4 Storms and 2 Babies as both writer and director, Variety reports. Greenaway, best known for independent dramas like Prospero's Books and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover , will tell the story of a woman who becomes pregnant after a menage a trois with two men and is said to be "an unconventional love story." Greenaway, currently working on a Goltzius and the Pelican Company , will target 4 Storms as his following project and plans to shoot in Amsterdam. »

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