Prospero's Books (1991)

R   |    |  Drama, Fantasy

Prospero's Books (1991) Poster

The magician Prospero attempts to stop his daughter's affair with an enemy.


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3 July 2000 | mindfire-3
worth it, just for Gielgud's voice
i miss Gielgud very much already. his voice was so rich, and this film is a smorgasbord of his voice. i find most Shakespeare a bit heavy and sluggish, so strangely perhaps, i find this movie a nice interpretation. and the books, the water, and the nudity are all wonderful. Greenaway is with imagery a bit the way Shakespeare is with words, a bit over-flush, over-ripe; so sometimes he's good and sometimes it just seems like excess. the blue guy was interesting to watch as well. maybe not best to be viewed in one sitting, but more than just a mere film, like being drunk in a flower garden in spring. or perhaps i'm just being poofy.

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Release Date:

30 August 1991



Country of Origin

UK, Netherlands, France, Italy, Japan

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Box Office


GBP1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,728 17 November 1991

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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