Prospero's Books Movie Review 1991

Information and Film Reviews for Prospero's Books the Movie

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Greenaway's free-ranging adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" has all his usual hallmarks of the bizarre. Gielgud is the aged Propsero, exiled to a magical island with his innocent daughter Miranda, and 24 beloved books containing the magician's recipe for life, each of which becomes a separate chapter in the film. Greenaway mixes film and high-definition video to create, with cinematographer Sacha Vierny, dazzling visuals that threaten to overwhelm but don't quite, thanks to both Greenaway's skill and the astonishing performance of the then 87-year-old Gielgud.


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Available on VHS
Running time 129 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Plays to Film: William Shakespeare, Magic, Modern Shakespeare
Peter Greenaway
John Gielgud, Michel Blanc, Erland Josephson, Isabelle Pasco, Tom Bell, Kenneth Cranham, Michael Clark, Mark Rylance
Sacha Vierny
Peter Greenaway
Michael Nyman

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