'The Book of Motion' notably features Caliban (played by Michael Clark), Prospero's main antagonist in the island
Some of the 'animated' books include images from (or allusions to) Eadweard Muybridge's motion studies
One of the first films to use HDTV technology; 'Prospero's Books' specifically utilized an early analogue high-definition process called 'Hi-Vision' developed by the Japanese group NHK
The idea of Prospero's library including 24 books was based on the famous saying by Jean-Luc Godard that "cinema is truth 24 times a second"
Prospero's 'poor cell' is based on a painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Antonello da Messina called 'St. Jerome in His Study'
Peter Greenaway has confirmed that there are actually 100 figures of Biblical, Mythological, Historical relevance
In the horizontal tracking shot that follows Prospero as he makes his way through the Island, the various figures behind the opening credits are based on their allegorical association with Water
Prospero was John Gielgud's favorite stage role and he had attempted to mount a film of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" for decades, contacting Orson Welles, Akira Kurosawa and Ingmar Bergman about directing and Welles and Albert Finney about playing Caliban
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