The theatrical release date for Julie Taymor's Tempest has been announced. Reserve the tenth of December; expect a visual feast.
After nearly falling between the cracks with Miramax's closure, the film has made a strong showing at the Venice and New York Film Festivals. A goodly part—perhaps even the majority—of its appeal comes from Taymor's astonishing visual style. Observe, for example, the costume and makeup for Djimon Hounsou, Taymor's Caliban:
Observe, too, the trailer for the film:
Finally, note the slight equivocation in the description of the play on which this film is based:
Shakespeare's Final Masterpiece
It's not the last play Shakespeare had a hand in writing, so "Shakespeare's Farewell to the Stage" would be erroneous. To consider it as his last really marvelous play, however, seems to have a powerful draw while observing Truth in Advertising statutes.
We eagerly await what is sure to be an extraordinary visual experience.
Note: This post was updated on 13 July 2011—two months before the DVD release of Taymor's Tempest. Pre-order the DVD with the link below!