Prosperos Books: A Film of Shakespeares the Tempest by Peter GreenawayThe magician Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, and his daughter, Miranda, have been stranded for twelve years on an island
The play opens as Prospero, having divined that his brother, Antonio, is on a ship passing close by the island, has raised a tempest which causes the ship to run aground.
Three plots then alternate through the play. In one, Caliban falls in with Stephano and Trinculo, two drunkards, whom he believes to have come from the moon. They attempt to raise a rebellion against Prospero, which ultimately fails. In another, Prospero works to establish a romantic relationship between Ferdinand and Miranda; the two fall immediately in love, but Prospero worries that too light winning [may] make the prize light, and compels Ferdinand to become his servant, pretending that he regards him as a spy. In the third subplot, Antonio and Sebastian conspire to kill Alonso and Gonzalo so that Sebastian can become King. They are thwarted by Ariel, at Prosperos command. Ariel appears to the three men of sin (Alonso, Antonio and Sebastian) as a harpy, reprimanding them for their betrayal of Prospero. Prospero manipulates the course of his enemies path through the island, drawing them closer and closer to him.
In the conclusion, all the main characters are brought together before Prospero, who forgives Alonso. He also forgives Antonio and Sebastian, but warns them against further betrayal. Prospero indicates that he intends to entertain them with the story of his life on the island. Prospero has resolved to break and bury his magic staff, and drown his book of magic, and in his epilogue, shorn of his magic powers, he invites the audience to set him free from the island with their applause.
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It is my favorite of all his plays, containing a line I embrace as my consolation: We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. The writer who saw more deeply into human nature than any other looked into himself and decided he had finished his work. She does not abjure her rough magic. In a film filled with sound and fury, she rages against the dying of the light. There is no reconciliation or closure. What reads as a poetic acceptance of human mortality plays as the defiance of a magician clinging to familiar tricks. She doesn't capture Shakespeare's tone or his meaning, I believe , but she certainly has boldness in her reinvention.
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 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 world into something like Mussolini's Rome. Her interpretation of The Tempest is less adventurous. The cast is Anglo-American, the exteriors filmed on rocky, volcanic terrain in Hawaii, the interiors in a Brooklyn studio and the costumes are the work of the great British designer Sandy Powell. Taymor's principal innovation and the movie's greatest asset is the casting of Helen Mirren as Prospera.
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The Tempest is a American film based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare. In this version, the gender of the main character, Prospero, is changed from male to female; the role was played by Helen Mirren. The film, based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare , is written and directed by Julie Taymor. The play's main character is Prospero , who is male in the original play. What happens if you make that role into a female role?