Prospero's Books

"A magician's spell, the innocence of young love and a dream of revenge unite to create a tempest."
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"Prospero's Books" (1991) is a film adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest." It combines animation, dance, opera, and mime. Prospero himself is the narrator. He is an exiled magician whose plans for revenge against an enemy are complicated when his daughter falls in love with the enemy's son. His sprite, Ariel, sides with the daughter and tries to talk the wizard out of revenge.

| 1991 | 2 hr 9 min | 6.9/10
John Gielgud, Michael Clark, Michel Blanc, Erland Josephson
Peter Greenaway
Produced By
Masato Hara, Kees Kasander, Katsufumi Nakamura, Yoshinobu Namano, Denis Wigman, Roland Wigman
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Also starring John Gielgud