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The Tempest – review

A film of the opening minutes of Herbert Beerbohm Tree's production of The Tempest was made in 1905. But there was no cinematic follow-up until after the second world war, when the play inspired a western (William Wellman's Yellow Sky) and a remarkable sci-fi yarn (Forbidden Planet), neither using Shakespeare's text. Then came Paul Mazursky's likable The Tempest (John Cassavetes as a self-exiled New York architect), which also dispensed with the text, and Derek Jarman's homoerotic version, which uses Shakespeare's words and turns the masque into a cabaret featuring Elisabeth Welch singing "Stormy Weather" with a chorus of prancing matelots. Peter Greenaway's postmodernist Prospero's Books had the 85-year-old John Gielgud (fulfilling a dream of playing Prospero on screen) speaking the lines of all the characters.

A decade ago, Julie Taymor made a well-acted, at times breathtakingly inventive film of Titus Andronicus that modulated from the ancient

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