Prospero's Books (1991) Director Peter Greenaway seems to be an inspiring Fellini. The problem with making that comparison is that, regardless of whether you like this sort of film or not Peter Greenaway actually does rings around Fellini. "Oh brave new world." This is much better than an adaptation with men in business suits. This film has people in birthday suits and the odd costumes work as if in a dream. Still as with many secondary interpretations it is interesting but it is the original that gives any value.
It is good the VHS has a Pause button as the credits go by quickly. Based on "The Tempest" (published in 1623 however written around 1611) uses most of the original script but applies the information we all want to know about the contents of "Prospero's Books." I keep an empty shelf in the library waiting for my own copy of the 24 books of great knowledge and magic.
"Prospero, once the Duke of Malan, now reigns over a faraway island, living with his only daughter, Miranda. 12 years earlier Prospero's brother, in league with the King of Naples, had exiled Prospero and his daughter to their new home.
One evening, Prospero imagines creating a storm powerful enough to bring his old enemies to his island. He begins to write a play about the Tempest, speaking aloud the lines of each of his characters. In this story of Prospero's past and his revenge..."
John Gielgud gets to make the ending speech addressing the audience and just for a minute none of the exotic trapping with the exception of an echo.
I suggest that this is not your first encountered with "The Tempest."