Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Two Months to Taymor's Tempest

Tempest. Dir. Julie Taymor. Perf. Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, David Strathairn, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, Reeve Carney, Felicity Jones, and Tom Conti. Chartoff Productions, 2010. 10 December 2010.
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!

Permanent trailer available below (in case the trailer above expires):

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