Shakespeare Our Contemporary: The Tempest

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THE TEMPEST screens as part of the Austin Film Society's Shakespeare Our Contemporary series. For more information on the series running from March 24th through April 26th, visit: http://www.austinfilm.org/essential-cinema/series-shakespeare-our-contemporary

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Directed by Julie Taymor
USA, 2010, Digital, 110 min

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With a background that involves finding thrilling new ways to stage theatrical spectacles and with 1999’s impressive TITUS under her belt, Julie Taymor can be considered to be something of an ideal interpreter of the master’s work for our times. While exploring the idea of making a film based on Shakespeare’s final play, it struck her that, were it not for the matter of her gender, Helen Mirren would make an excellent Prospero. So Prospero becomes Prospera, who presides over her small island queendom with magic. With Felicity Jones as her daughter Miranda, Djimon Hounsou as the bestial Caliban, and Ben Whishaw as the spirit Ariel. Also starring Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, David Strathairn and others.

Presented in Conjunction with the Harry Ransom Center’s “Shakespeare In Print & Performance” exhibit, running through May 29. Following the AFS series, there will be a weekly film program at the Harry Ransom Center, beginning with the May 5th screening of Laurence Olivier’s 1949 production of HAMLET and continuing every Thursday in May.

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Buy tickets: https://www.austinfilm.org/essential-cinema/film-the-tempest
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