In Julie Taymor’s version of ‘The Tempest,’ the main character is now a woman named 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.
IMDB Rating: 5.30/10 (2003 votes) Rating: PG-13 Rating Explanation: Some nudity, suggestive content and scary images. Duration: 110 min Directed By: Julie Taymor Written By: Julie Taymor Casting: Helen Mirren, Felicity Jones and Djimon Hounsou Music Composed By: Elliot Goldenthal Distributed By: Touchstone Pictures, Miramax Films, Chartoff Productions Produced By: Robert Chartoff, Lynn Hendee, Jason K. Lau, Julia Taylor-Stanley and Julie Taymor Production Year: 2010 Date of Release: 2011-01-27 Country: USA Language: English