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October 07, 2010

The Tempest

I am going to die of how awesome this is (hat tip to the Sister of the Flea)

In Julie Taymor's version of 'The Tempest,' the gender of Prospero has been switched to Prospera. Going back to the 16th or 17th century, women practicing the magical arts of alchemy were often convicted of witchcraft. In Taymor's version, Prospera is usurped by her brother and sent off with her four-year daughter on a ship. She ends up on an island; it's a tabula rasa: no society, so the mother figure becomes a father figure to Miranda. This leads to the power struggle and balance between Caliban and Prospera; a struggle not about brawn, but about intellect.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 7, 2010 01:36 PM

Comments

Wow.

The Tempest with Helen Mirren.

And The Tempest as flagrant sfx fantasy.

This, I will see in the theatre, if I have to come back from the dead to do it.

Posted by: djmoore [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 7, 2010 02:55 PM

Haven't been to a movie theater in over three years... I think I'll be going back soon.

Posted by: Clayton Barnett [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 8, 2010 12:44 PM