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a personal favourite
on 18 June 2001
An odd film made when Michael Powell retreated to Australia, following the controversy surrounding his Peeping Tom film. This film is influenced by Shakespears The Tempest in theme (which was apparently an unfullfilled dream project of Powell's), and is a colourful and effervescent little film in which a wondefully crusty James Mason plays an artist going to live on a supposedly deserted island to paint some masterpieces. Instead there is an assortment of odd bods about, the most devine being Helen Mireen (her film debut?). He is tempted by her, and how could he not be. Never has an actress been so comfortable looking on screen whilst nude. Her glorious natural assets make the current silicon set look quite ridiculous. This is not a Powell masterpiece, but a personal favourite. Filmed on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.