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Prospero's Books (1991)

The magician Prospero attempts to stop his daughter's affair with an enemy.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Prospero
Michael Clark ... Caliban
... Alonso
... Gonzalo
... Miranda
... Antonio
... Sebastian
... Ferdinand
... Adrian
... Francisco
Jim van der Woude ... Trinculo
Michiel Romeyn ... Stephano
Orpheo ... Ariel
Paul Russell ... Ariel
James Thierrée ... Ariel (as James Thiérrée)
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An exiled magician finds an opportunity for revenge against his enemies muted when his daughter and the son of his chief enemy fall in love in this uniquely structured retelling of the 'The Tempest'. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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A magician's spell, the innocence of young love and a dream of revenge unite to create a tempest.

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Drama | Fantasy

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Rated R for pervasive nudity | See all certifications »

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30 August 1991 (UK)  »

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A Última Tempestade  »

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Budget:

£1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,750,301
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1.78 : 1
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'The Book of Motion' notably features Caliban (played by Michael Clark), Prospero's main antagonist in the island. See more »

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Version of The Tempest (2010) See more »

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Prospero's Magic
Written by Michael Nyman
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A tempting view of The Tempest
6 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

Imagine if William Shakespeare, Leonardi DaVinci, Sigmond Freud, and Jean Luc Goddard all met in a dark alley, got drunk together, and made a film. If you could image the result, you would then get an idea of what this movie is about.

Told with the help multiple on-screen images and the strength of Sir John Guilgud narration and acting skills, Greenaway brings a new face to Shakespeare's "The Tempest." This film is innovative, sensual, and challenging as Shakespeare intended.

I would warn that this film sparks a cast of about 100+ naked people. Although it is nudity used in the best taste possible, this is not a film to be showing to the High School English class.


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