Prospero's Books (1991)

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'Prospero’s Books', offers a purely subjective take on The Tempest, as witnessed through the eyes of Prospero

Cast: John Gielgud, Michael Clarke Duncan

Crew: Peter Greenaway (Director), Sacha Vierny (Director of Photography), Michael Nyman (Music Director)

Genres: Drama, Fantasy

Release Dates: 19 May 2016 (Singapore), 30 Aug 1991 (United Kingdom)

Tagline: A magician's spell, the innocence of young love and a dream of revenge unite to create a tempest.

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Did you know? Prospero's 'poor cell' is based on a painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Antonello da Messina called 'St. Jerome in His Study' Read More
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as Prospero
as Juno
as Ariel
as Gonzalo
as Adrian
as Miranda
as Ariel
as Trinculo
as Sebastian
as Iris
as Ferdinand
as Alonso
as Stephano
as Ariel
as Francisco
as Antonio
as Ceres

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1, 2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Taglines:
A magician's spell, the innocence of young love and a dream of revenge unite to create a tempest.
Trivia:
'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