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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Anchor Bay Entertainment, 1699 Stutz Dr., Troy, MI 48084, Phone: (248)816-0909, Toll-free: 800-786-8777, Fax: (248)816-3335, URL: http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com

Available on VHS
Running time 129 minutes.

Cast and Crew

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

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