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Because video productions of Shakespeare's The Tempest are, so far, few and not very good, this is of interest. Shakespeare's words are little tampered with, but clothed (or rather, unclothed) in an overabundant context of nudity by scores of sometimes not very attractive bit player apparently representing the spirits under Prospero's control. The costumes worn by the named characters overcompensate by being so absurdly extreme (ruffs the size of trampolines) as to distract from the words and action. The 1612 text of course does have a strong aspect of pageant in its masque elements, but here the bizarre overwhelms.
The conceit of imagining what sorts of book Prospero might have had in his library is of interest, and the pages glimpsed from each volume are convincingly realistic as 17th century books, but the thematic integration of this extra layer with the production as a whole is only partially successful.
Sir John Gielgud, here in his last film, carries the role of Prospero remarkably well considering the circumsances.
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Initial post: Dec 13, 2010 7:15:07 AM PST
Richard H. Gobeille says:
This was FAR from Sir John Gielgud's last film!
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