Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Plays of William Shakespeare Vol 9 - The Tempest|
Actors: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., William H. Bassett, Ted Sorel, Ron Palillo
Genres: Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
The clearest and most understandable Shakespeare productions ever made. Staged as seen in the 16th Century, featuring award-winning performers. The classic tale of spirits, sorcery, and shipwrecked scheming noblemen. Starr... more »
There are better films of this play
Chris S | London, UK | 05/27/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Firstly I'd just like to point out that on the box it says: "Staged as seen in the 16th century". In fact 'The Tempest' wasn't even written until around 1610/11, the 17th century, and thus it's highly unlikely that it was seen in the 16th.This is a brilliant play, which has been adapted more successfully to film in the following versions:- The Tempest, director: Derek Jarman, 1979- Prospero's Books, director: Peter Greenaway, 1991I wouldn't reccommend viewing Greenaway's version unless you have know the play quite well as it's a very artistic interpretation, and doesn't lend itself to storytelling, it's more preoccupied with the specifics of Prospero's 'art' (i.e. magic)."
Authentic production of The Tempest
Stacy Barrington | Mobile, Alabama United States | 10/03/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was a very entertaining production of Shakespeare's play. I particularly found Ariel's character very true to the qualities of 'airy spirits.' The costumes of all the characters were well-done. I was not as keen on the parts with the jester and drunken butler as I was with the other characters, but overall, the scenes were played well. For anyone who has never had a chance to see a stage production of The Tempest in a style close to the original play, this would be a good introduction. Though some people may find Woodman's production of The Tempest banal, it could be very appealing to fans of Shakespeare's time and history, not just his plays. If you only like lavish sets and modern ideals of stage productions, this edition may not be appropriate, but it need not be for the masses; only for select fans."
C. Butler | Canton, OH USA | 02/10/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Extremely disappointing. I was hoping to share some scenes with my students to help them understand the play. I'm afraid I would turn them off Shakespeare entirely if I showed them even a touch of this version."