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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 10.05.10] movie news drama

I remember seeing Taymour's Titus in the theatre and being quite enamored with it which is why I'm sure her latest Shakespeare adaptation will have as much substance as it clearly has style based on what I'm seeing in this trailer.

In Julie Taymor's version of 'The Tempest,' the gender of Prospero has been switched to 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.

The Tempest stars Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, David Strathairn, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, Reeve Carney, Felicity Jones, Tom Conti. It hits theatres December 10, 2010.

Trailer after the break.

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osiva (10 years ago) Reply

this is like (and stinks as) a perfume commercial


Lenny (10 years ago) Reply

Love AtU! Never saw Frida or Titus but man this looks unwatchable for me.


Anonymous (10 years ago) Reply

visionary and brilliant.
I love the original play, can't wait for Taymour's take on it.

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