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Prospero's books [videorecording] : an adaptation of The Tempest by William Shakespeare / Allarts presents an Allarts-Cinéa/Camera One-Penta co-production ; in association with Elsevier Vendex Film, Film Four International, NHK Enterprises, Canal+, and VPRO Television
DVDs DVDs | Distributed by AAE Films, Inc. | c2007
Available at Adult DVD-Feature Film (Call number: DVD P DRAMA)
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[Den Haag, Netherlands] : Allarts Production ; [Beverly Hills, CA] : Distributed by AAE Films, Inc., c2007.
1 videodisc (129 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Allied Artists classics
Allied Artists classics.
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DVD-R; Dolby stereo.
John Gielgud (Prospero), Michael Clark (Caliban), Michel Blanc (Alonso), Erland Josephson (Gonzalo), Isabelle Pasco (Miranda), Tom Bell (Antonio), Kenneth Cranham (Sebastian), Mark Rylance (Ferdinand), Gerard Thoolen (Adrian), Pierre Bokma (Francisco), Jim van der Woude (Trinculo), Michiel Romeyn (Stephano), Orpheo (Ariel), Paul Russell (Ariel), James Thierree (Ariel), Emil Wolk (Ariel), Marie Angel (Iris), Ute Lemper (Ceres), Deborah Conway (Juno).
Producer, Kees Kasander ; director, Peter Greenaway ; director of photography, Sacha Vierny ; production designers, Ben van Os, Ian Roelfs ; music, Michael Nyman ; infography, Eve Ramboz ; editor, Marina Bodbijl ; caligraphy, Brody Neuenschwander ; book design, Han Ing Lim, Agnes Charlemagne, Ellen Vomberg ; popup book artist, Daniel Harvey ; choreography, Kariine Saporta, Michael Clark ; Ariel's songs sung by Sarah Leonard ; book narrator, Leonard Maguire.
This disc has been recorded using DVD-R equipment and may not play in all DVD players or drives; no chapter divisions.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1991.
MPAA Rating: R; for pervasive nudity.
"Prospero, once the Duke of Milan, now reigns over a faraway island, living there with his only daughter, Miranda. Twelve years earlier Prospero's brother, in league with the King of Naples, had exiled Prospero and his daughter from their home. One evening, Prospero imagines creating a storm powerful enough to bring his old enemies to his island. He begins to write a play about this tempest, speaking aloud the lines of each of his characters. It is the story of Prospero's past, and his revenge." - title screens. As adapted by Peter Greenaway, the film envisions a magical realm of exquisite beauty, where the innocence of love and dreams of revenge collide to create a tempest. Greenaway structures the film around the 24 books Prospero took into exile, and while remaining faithful to the text, the treatment and delivery of that text could hardly be more different.
1. A book of water -- 2. A book of mirrors -- 3. A memoria technica called architecture and other music -- 8. An alphabetical inventory of the dead -- 6. An atlas belonging to Orpheus -- 8. Vesalius's lost "Anatomy of Birth" -- 9. A primer of the small stars -- 10. A book of universal cosmologies -- Enter Ariel -- 12. End plants -- 4. A bestiary of past, present and future animals -- 15. A book of utopias -- 16. A book of traveller's tales -- 17. "Love of ruins" -- Book of traveller's tales -- 18. The autobiographies of Semiramis and Pasiphae -- 19. The ninety-two conceits of the Minotaur -- 20. A book of motion -- 21. A book of mythologies -- Good ship so have swallow'd -- Those are pearls that were his eyes -- Heavens keep him from these beasts -- Knowing I lov'd my books -- Summer -- Autumn -- Winter -- Spring -- 22. A book of games -- 23. A book of thirty-five plays -- 24. A play called "The Tempest"
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