Dir. Derek Jarman
UK 1979 | Colour | 96 mins | Cert 15 | Drama
Cast: Peter Bull, David Meyer, Toyah Wilcox
Brooding and darkly laden with heavily symbolic imagery, Jarman’s
terrific third feature is considered by some to be the most evocative
Shakespeare adaptation ever to reach the screen. Rich images of shining
gold and dark water dominate as furtive magus Prospero converses with –
and attempts to manipulate – Ariel, a spirit from the beyond. Stunning
performances are delivered by a fine ensemble cast, but Elisabeth Welch
and her utterly delicious rendition of ‘Stormy Weather’ steals the show.
Available on: DCP, DVD
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