Tempest (1982)

BB

(out of 5)


Bloated, self-important near-adaptation of Shakespeare’s play in a modern setting, with  as an architect who has disturbing, prophetic dreams about his family. Fed up with his difficult home life with his wife () and sick of his job working as an architect for a ruthless millionaire (), Cassavetes books it to Greece with his sixteen year-old daughter (), meets a beautiful young woman () with whom he begins a chaste affair, and the three of them live on a beautiful secluded island with no one but a local madman () for company. They spend a year in isolation, the girls going crazy while Cassavetes thrives on the detachment, until they are found by their friends and family and made to decide whether or not they are ready to re-enter the world. Director (who also has a small bit role) offers no interesting character development or dramatic resolution in this meandering, overlong film, only a plot that goes on and on until the abrupt ending. Photography of Greece is lovely and the performances are all outstanding, but there is nothing interesting enough to hold your attention for two and a half hours.


Columbia Pictures Corporation

USA, 1982

Directed by

Screenplay by Paul Mazursky, , based on the play by

Cinematography by

Produced by Paul Mazursky

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Golden Globe Awards:  1982

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