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The Tempest

The Tempest

Category: Comedy
All Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Release Year: 2010
Country: USA
Runtime: 110
Rating: (0)
Languages: English
Director: Julie Taymor
Sound: Dolby Digital, SDDS, DTS

  • It all started when he met a woman.
  • The Perfect Trip – The Perfect Trap

  • Writing by: Julie Taymor – (screenplay)
    William Shakespeare – (play)

    Produced by: Ronald M. Bozman – executive producer (as Ron Bozman)
    Anthony Buckner – executive producer
    Beaux Carson – co-executive producer
    Robert Chartoff – producer
    Lynn Hendee – producer
    Rohit Khattar – executive producer
    Jason K. Lau – producer
    Phyllis LaVoie – associate producer
    Tino Puri – executive producer
    Greg Strasburg – executive producer
    Julia Taylor-Stanley – producer
    Julie Taymor – producer
    Stewart Till – executive producer

    Cast: Felicity Jones – Miranda
    Jude Akuwidike – Boatswain
    Reeve Carney – Prince Ferdinand
    David Strathairn – King Alonso
    Tom Conti – Gonzalo
    Alan Cumming – Sebastian
    Chris Cooper – Antonio
    Helen Mirren – Prospera
    Ben Whishaw – Ariel
    Djimon Hounsou – Caliban
    Russell Brand – Trinculo

    Music: Elliot Goldenthal
    Official Website: Visit Website

    Plot Outline:

    In Julie Taymor's version of 'The Tempest,' the main character is now a woman named Prospera. Going back to the 16th or 17th century…
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    Plot: In Julie Taymor's version of 'The Tempest,' the main character is now a woman named Prospera. Going back to the 16th or 17th century, women practicing the magical arts of alchemy were often convicted of witchcraft. In Taymor's version, Prospera is usurped by her brother and sent off with her four-year daughter on a ship. She ends up on an island; it's a tabula rasa: no society, so the mother figure becomes a father figure to Miranda. This leads to the power struggle and balance between Caliban and Prospera; a struggle not about brawn, but about intellect.

    Movie Quotes:

    Prospera: [from trailer] We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little lives are rounded with a sleep.

    Trivia: There are 1 entries in the trivia list – like these:

    • The decision to switch the gender of the lead character was a diving board to a whole new appreciation of the play. It had everything to do with Helen Mirren and a coincidental exchange that Julie Taymor had with the actress. When Taymor encountered Helen Mirren at a party, she had already envisioned Mirren in the role and their conversation cemented her decision. "We were talking Shakespeare," Taymor recollects, "and she had no idea I was planning this film when she mentioned that the first Shakespeare she ever did was Caliban in 'The Tempest,' and she actually said to me, 'You know, I could play Prospero-as a woman.' And I said, 'Do you want to? Because I've been preparing a film version of "The Tempest" with exactly that in mind.' And, fortunately, she said yes."

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