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      The Tempest

      R 1979 1h 36m Drama List
      67% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 59% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Prospero the magician (Heathcote Williams) causes trouble in a surreal adaptation of the Shakespeare play. Read More Read Less

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      Jordan M. Smith With all of the unclear interweaving narratives, Jarman's outlandish stylistic choices and little to no background delineation, the story becomes a whacked out pastiche in quite a hurry. Nov 19, 2020 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A most bizarre version of Shakespeare--one that's not for all tastes. Rated: A- May 13, 2012 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jul 16, 2005 Full Review Nick Davis Nick's Flick Picks A devious and fascinating treatment of the play, especially good for Shakespeare scholars and Jarman fans. Rated: 4/5 Jun 20, 2004 Full Review Michael Szymanski Rated: 4/5 Jul 8, 2003 Full Review Dan Jardine Apollo Guide Rated: 77/100 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Read all reviews

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      william k Typical for its director, this idiosyncratic Shakespeare adaptation contrasts beauty with the vulgar and ordinary creating an aesthetically appealing work, albeit with not much mass appeal. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Derek Jarman's The Tempest is a thrillingly bizarre adaptation of the Shakespeare play, opting for a minimalistic, insular production similar to his other work that works well given the fact that the story takes place entirely on an island. A father attempts to marry his daughter off in order to regain some of the social and monetary status he lost in recent years and in the process, he comes into contact with several strange characters who add some flair to what could've been a truly droll drama in the hands of the wrong director. As usual, Jarman's art decoration is impeccable, his signature dramatic lightening and cluttered rooms allowing for a more experimental and dream-like final product than what usually comes out of adaptations of Shakespeare's work. While it may not be one of his best films, but it's certainly one of his most fascinating. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Completely bizzare but amazing: genuinely influenced and enriched my understanding and enjoyment of one of my favourite Shakespeares. Entertaining and disturbing in a way I feel it is sometimes meant to be with so many unique ideas and images. Loved it. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member And the fly returns. Prospero has been banished to an island to live with his virgin daughter. His brother, the king of Naples, was the one who banished him. One inauspicious day the King's son becomes stranded on the island and the slave of Prospero. In the process, the king's son and Prospero's daughter fall in love. As Prospero tries to decide what to do about the couple, Prospero's servants are plotting to over throw him. "This blue eyed hag was hither brought with child." Derek Jarman, director of The Last of England, Aria, Edward II, Glitterburg, Blue, Caravaggio, The Garden, War Requiem, and The Angelic Conversation, delivers The Tempest. The storyline for this picture had potential but was delivered a bit too eccentric for my taste. The acting was over the top and the cast includes Karl Johnson, Peter Bull, and Toya Willcox. "It's like is empty and all of the devils are here." I DVR'd this picture off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) based on its interesting plot. This was nothing like I thought it would be. The idea of a story about a man and his daughter fighting for survival on an island sounded like it had potential; well, this was pretty awful. I'd skip this picture and I have no idea how it landed on TCM. "Like a nymph from the sea." Grade: D+ Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member a very bizarre version of shakespeare Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Derek Jarman's take on Shakespeare's final classic is pictorially beautiful (shot in Stoneleigh Abbey and dressed like Robespierre) but somewhat impenetrable. Of course, this might be the Bard's poetics but, as with Greenaway's later riff on this and the play, things are anything but direct and straightforward. These films also share scads of full frontal male nudity (and here also in the buff, Toyah Willcox, last seen in Urgh! A Music War). The final musical send-off seems to echo Fassbinder's similar joy in genre-bending and is similarly a non sequitur (I'm thinking of 1978's In a Year of 13 Moons, I think.). Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Prospero the magician (Heathcote Williams) causes trouble in a surreal adaptation of the Shakespeare play.
      Derek Jarman
      Guy Ford, Mordecai Schreiber
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 1, 2020
      1h 36m