The Tempest (1979)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental  |   Sub-Genres - Gay & Lesbian Films  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - UK  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Filmed in 1979 and released publicly one year later, The Tempest is an abstract 16-millimeter feature film based loosely on the "magical" Shakespeare play. Director/writer Derek Jarman also throws in a few Shakespearean sonnets when the spirit moves him. Essentially, Jarman uses the material as the basis for a homosexual metaphor, most notably in the Prospero/Caliban relationship. He would further elaborate this concept in his next film, The Angelic Conversation. Jarman's The Tempest by its very nature speaks to a small, specialized audience.

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betrayal, ghost, lover, maiden, monster, play [recreation], power, ruler, sorcerer