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The Tempest [Blu-ray] [English] [1979]
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Special Features

  • Three rare short films by Derek Jarman: Journey to Avebury (1971)
  • Garden of Luxor (1972)
  • Art of Mirrors (1973)


The Tempest
Filmed in 1979 and released publicly one year later, The Tempest is an abstract 16-millimeter feature film based loosely on the "magical" Shakespeare play. Director/writer Derek Jarman also throws in a few Shakespearean sonnets when the spirit moves him. Essentially, Jarman uses the material as the basis for a homosexual metaphor, most notably in the Prospero/Caliban relationship. He would further elaborate this concept in his next film, The Angelic Conversation. Jarman's The Tempest by its very nature speaks to a small, specialized audience. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Heathcote Williams - Prospero
  • Karl Johnson
    Karl Johnson - Ariel
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    Jack Birkett - Caliban
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    David Meyer - Ferdinand
  • Elisabeth Welch
    Elisabeth Welch - Goddess
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