admin On settembre - 21 - 2010


a play by William Shakespeare

There’s a story of passionate love between Julie Taymor (mainstream-known for the success of “Across The Universe”) and William Shakespeare.
She had worked, years ago, at the play of “Titus’, and now, awaring about the dissection of the past cinema adaptation of “The Tempest”, maybe the most important and full of meanings play by Shakespeare, done in the 1991 work by Peter Greenway in “Prospero’s Books”, and more other director’s choises taken in the past of theatre and cinema history.
But Mrs Taymor knows very well how to make from a screen play (here faithful) to a masterpiece full of metaphors, theatre-in-theatre, spiritualism and new ideas for an original brand-new art-work.
She puts the great Hellen Mirren in the clothes of Prospero, turning the main character of the play into a woman-mother, of course very firm and masculine in the way of being, given the protagonists the real location and clothes of the origins, with mentions of modernity (the Hawaiian sands, the zip jackets & more), offering to the public the possibility to flow from reality to the world of imagination, from digital techniques to the very words by Shakespeare, from the songs (the amazing performance by Ben Whishaw, an ethereal Ariel, untouchable spirit of the sky, all-in-white, naked, singer and transformer will make you under stand the umanity of a spirit, so devoted to his mistress but appassionate and infant in his magic power) to the views of an Island (the real leader of the whole movie) where the colours and the rugged rocks have their sense in the behaviours of the men.
The masculine-magic (but never witch, you must know!) mother Prospera is empathic to her daughter Miranda, in love with the so-handsome and delicate Ferdinand and not aware of the dangers of the real world.

So the primitive Caliban (in contrast to the spirituality of Ariel), by Djimon Hounsou, gives a proof of incredibile actor ability, and the pathless and lightning love between the young Ferdinand and Miranda, seems to have the key of the conquering of the World, even in its spontaneity and poetic words (“At the first sight
They have changed eyes
”), and where the importance of theatre made by the character of Prospero/a (the metaphore of the very poet, artist, and of course, Shakespeare too) fighting (and winning) against the dark-reality of the gentlemen, takes its end in the very wearing the corset (hard shoked to Prospera’s body) and in her throwing the magic-books (her real and private world) to the sea (and so, maybe, to the humanity).

Then kingdom, colonialism, madness (a great Russel Brand in Trinculo’s mood) and the very best music (electronics and classical mixture by Elliot Goldenthal), and, of course, the magnificent power of Shakespeare’s words, will make you part of a masterpiece, worth of the Academy Award.
Great expectations, great brave-new-movie-world, great “stuff, as dreams are made on”.

The Tempest”
Director: Julie Taymor
Screenplay: Julie Taymor
Photography: Stuart Dryburgh
Cast: Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Chris Cooper, David Strathairn, Ben Whishaw, Djimon Hounsou, Felicity Jones, Tom Conti, Alfred Molina, Alan Cumming, Tom Conti, Reeve Carney, Jude Akuwidike, Douglas J. Aguirre, Kevin Cannon
–  Usa, 2010 –
–  1h. 50′ –

by Ilaria Rebecchi

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