Derek Jarman's the Tempest [DVD] [1979]

Derek Jarman's striking and inventive screen adaptation of Shakespeare's allegorical fantasy gets an adequate presentation on this DVD release. The Tempest has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The dialogue is in English with no multiple-language options. Bonus materials featured on this edition include the copy from the film's original press book and three short subjects directed by Jarman: A Journey to Avebury, Garden of Luxor, and Art of Mirrors.
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Special Features

  • Three short films by Derek Jarman: "A Journey to Avebury" (1971), "Garden of Luxor" (1972), and "Art of Mirrors" (1973)
  • Text of the original theatrical press kit for "The Tempest"


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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