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

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Prospero
Michael Clark ...
Caliban
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Alonso
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Gonzalo
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Miranda
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Antonio
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Sebastian
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Ferdinand
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Adrian
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Francisco
Jim van der Woude ...
Trinculo
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Stephano
Orpheo ...
Ariel
Paul Russell ...
Ariel
James Thierrée ...
Ariel (as James Thiérrée)
Emil Wolk ...
Ariel
Marie Angel ...
Iris
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Ceres
Deborah Conway ...
Juno

Directed by

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Peter Greenaway

Written by

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William Shakespeare ... (play "The Tempest")
 
Peter Greenaway ... ()

Produced by

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Philippe Carcassonne ... co-producer
Christoph Hahnheiser ... assistant producer
Masato Hara ... associate producer
Kees Kasander ... executive producer / producer
Michel Seydoux ... co-producer
Denis Wigman ... executive producer
Roland Wigman ... associate producer

Music by

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Michael Nyman

Cinematography by

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Sacha Vierny

Film Editing by

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Marina Bodbijl

Production Design by

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Ben van Os
Jan Roelfs

Set Decoration by

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Rik Overberg ... (as Rick Overberg)
Claudia Valentijn
Wendy Valentijn
Ben Zuydwijk

Costume Design by

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Ellen Lens

Makeup Department

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Mariël Hoevenaars ... assistant makeup artist
Sara Meerman ... key hair stylist / key makeup artist
Brigitte Pleijzier ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

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Karin Van Der Werff ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Sophie Fiennes ... assistant director
Edith Hazelbach ... second assistant director
Paul Marbus ... second assistant director
Gerrit Martijn ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Bas Boone ... assistant constructor
John Bramble ... assistant set dresser
Rob Duiker ... assistant constructor
Hans Froger ... assistant constructor
Lidewij Kapteijn ... constructor (as Lidewij Kaptein)
Selene Kolman ... assistant set dresser
Dennis Los ... assistant constructor
Andre Peperkamp ... assistant constructor
David Peters ... assistant constructor
Maarten Piersma ... constructor
John Rawsthorn ... assistant constructor
Jorien Sont ... assistant set dresser / props maker
Linda Termans ... assistant set dresser
Ron van de Woode ... driver
Wilbert Van Dorp ... construction manager
Dory van Noort ... constructor
Rayke Verhoeven ... assistant set dresser
Ruud Vorstenbosch ... assistant constructor (as Ruud van Vorstenbosch)
Floris Vos ... propmaker
Lilian Wadilie ... assistant set dresser
Ben Zuydwijk ... painter
Peter Greenaway ... sculptor: Prospero's books (uncredited)
Todd Van Hulzen ... scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Mike Dowson ... re-recording mixer
Mathew Knights ... sound editor
Garth Marshall ... production sound
Chris Wyatt ... sound editor
Tim Partridge ... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Nico Komen ... best boy
Chris Renson ... camera operator
Reinier van Brummelen ... gaffer
Pief Weyman ... still photographer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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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
Lilian Wadilie ... set costumer

Music Department

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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 / 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

Additional Crew

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Héléne Busnel ... dancer (as Helene Busnel)
Michael Clark ... choreographer: Caliban
Stéphane Dupre ... artistic advisor
Milfid Ellis ... coach: actors
Florence Gielen ... dancer
Jacques Janssen ... Milanese hats
Mirale Jusid ... dancer
Martine Leroy ... artistic advisor
Ing Lim ... book designer (as Han Ing Lim)
Claire Magnenat ... assistant: Karine Saporta
Caitlin Maynard ... production assistant
Maggie McMahon ... Milanese ruffs
Roger Phillips ... end titles
Eve Ramboz ... infography
Kayo Sakurai ... assistant: Emi Wada
Karine Saporta ... dancers choreographer
Trix van Alphen ... publicist
Helen Zellweger ... dancer (as Helene Zellweger)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines A magician's spell, the innocence of young love and a dream of revenge unite to create a tempest. See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'ultima tempesta (Italy)
  • プロスペローの本 (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Prosperos Bücher (Germany)
  • Prospero knygos (Lithuania)
  • Os Livros de Próspero (Portugal)
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  • 124 min
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Budget GBP1,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Prospero was Sir John Gielgud's favorite stage role and he had attempted to mount a movie 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 movie 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Addams Family/An American Tail: Fievel Goes West/For the Boys/Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse/Prospero's Books (1991). See more »
Soundtracks Prospero's Magic See more »

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