Fourteen years before the play unfolds, the antagonist, Prospero is forced to flee the kingdom of Naples. His brother, Antonio, ruthlessly usurps his position as Duke of Milan, causing him to escape, thought dead, with his daughter Miranda. Now living on an undiscovered island whose inhabitants consist only of the evil witch, Sycorax and her son, Caliban and her slave, the spirit Ariel. As Prospero and Miranda arrive on the island, Caliban shows them its beauties and secrets. Making the island home, Prospero takes Caliban as his slave and frees Ariel from his/her painful ties to Sycorax. Fourteen years passed, Prospero has taken to practicing with magic so he can take revenge on those that plotted against him. Accordingly, he sends Ariel to shipwreck the ship that carried a collection of character’s all connected by the nobility or servitude that connect in their own ways to Prospero. While the collection of people wanders on the island seeking to find the others that were shipwrecked, Prospero uses his magic and the help of his spirit servant, Ariel to mess with them and make them regret their ploy against him all those years ago. During this time, two comedic servants encounter Caliban and band together to kill Prospero and take the island for themselves. Antonio and another nobleman attempt to kill the King of Naples, also stranded on the island and take the power upon themselves. The son of the King is also stranded and discovers Miranda. The two fall immediately in love and seek to gain the approval of Prospero. To conclude the play, all the characters end up together in front of Prospero, who through his magic makes them all fear him. Henceforth, they all plan to return to Naples, where Mirand...
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The Tempest (1979)
A “dark, manic, claustrophobic, and highly sexualised” (Boston Lowbrow) adaptation of ‘The Tempest’. Presents the story almost exactly, but in a horror, gothic style. This dark differing of Shakespeare’s original story highlights its themes of revenge and power and also draws to the forefront themes of beauty and hate.
Phillip, who represents Prospero, runs from his wife and employer to a holiday island with his daughter and the character, ‘Ariel’. Phillip has a superior understanding of meteorology. A simple minded souvenir seller on the island reflects Caliban and attempts to seduce Miranda, the daughter, alike in Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’. The movie focuses more on the theme of the unfulfilment of professionalality, as reflecting its modern twist and the context of the 1980’s.
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