Prospero's Books


2h 1991

Brief Synopsis

Set between 1599 and 1611, Prospero, a former Duke of Milan, has been exiled to an island far from Europe. By studying the 24 books he was allowed to take with him, he has transformed the island into a civilized kingdom. But Prospero also has magic powers with which he hopes to wreak revenge on the

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1991
Production Company
Abbey Road Studios; Cinea Productions; Eastman Kodak; Eurimages; Filmfour International; Imagica; London Records, Inc.; Mikros Image; Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK); StudioCanal; Vpro
Distribution Company
CINEPLEX ODEON FILMS/MIRAMAX; 20th Century Fox International; Budapest Film; Cineplex Odeon Films; Cineplex Odeon Films; MIRAMAX; Meteor Film Productions; Palace Pictures; Penta Distribuzione; Progres Films; Pyramide Distribution; Pyramide Films; Rialto Films
Location
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Synopsis

Set between 1599 and 1611, Prospero, a former Duke of Milan, has been exiled to an island far from Europe. By studying the 24 books he was allowed to take with him, he has transformed the island into a civilized kingdom. But Prospero also has magic powers with which he hopes to wreak revenge on the enemies who banished him.

Crew

Jackie Austin

Footsteps Artist

Anke Battem

Production Assistant

Tom Bergman

Catering

Marina Bodbijl

Editor

Bas Boone

Assistant Construction

John Bramble

Assistant Set Dresser

Chris Brown

Assistant Engineer

Helene Busnel

Other

Philippe Carcassonne

Co-Producer

Victoria Chaplin

Special Thanks

Agnes Charlemagne

Other

Michael Clark

Choreography (Caliban)

Anja Cloosterman

Production Assistant

Ed Colyer

Re-Recording Mixer

David H Cunningham

Music Producer

Anneli Daniell

Footsteps Artist

Marty Deboer

Location Manager

Constance Devos

Set Dresser

Sjoerd Didden

Effects Makeup

Holland Diving

Special Thanks

Rob Duiker

Assistant Construction

Valerie Dupin

Other

Stephane Dupre

Acrobatic Advisor

Michael J Dutton

Other

Milfid Ellis

Other

Eljo Embregts

Art Department Production

Brigitte Faure

Production Coordinator (France)

Sophie Fiennes

2nd Assistant Director

Hans Froger

Assistant Construction

Dillon Gallagher

Assistant Engineer (Prt)

Alexander Gelderman

Special Thanks

Ronnie Gerschtanowitz

Special Thanks

Florence Gielen

Other

Romeo Gigli

Special Thanks

Loes Gisolf

Assistant Editor

Mark Glynne

Boom Operator

David Gothhard

Special Thanks

Peter Greenaway

Adapted Screenplay

Marc Guillaumot

Stills

Masato Hara

Associate Producer

Daniel Harvey

Book Design And Grasswork

Edith Hazelebach

3rd Assistant Director

Nigel Heath

Digital Sound Editing

Pelle Herfst

Electrician

Mitsuhiro Higashiyama

Nhk Assistant Producer

Billy Hinshelwood

Special Thanks

Mariel Hoevenaars

Makeup Department

Polly Hootkins

Casting (United Kingdom)

Michael Howells

Assistant Art Director

Bob Howland

Grip

Marion Hunnink

Catering

Toshiyuki Iino

Other

Jacques Janssen

Wardrobe (Milanese Hats)

Charlie Janszen

Publicity

Mirale Jusid

Other

Lidewij Kapteijn

Construction

Kees Kasander

Producer

Kees Kasander

Executive Producer

Lars Kespel

Runner

Noriko Kobayashi

Other

Selene Kolman

Art Department Assistant

Nico Komen

Bestboy

Sophie Lambo

Production Coordinator (Holland)

Ellen Lens

Wardrobe (Prospero'S Creatures)

Sarah Leonard

Song Performer (Ariel'S Songs)

Martine Leroy

Acrobatic Advisor

Karen Lindsay Stewart

Casting (United Kingdom)

Fulco Lorenzo

Production Assistant

Dennis Los

Assistant Construction

Debbie Luiten

Wardrobe Assistant

Claire Magnenat

Assistant (To Karine Saporta)

Paul Marbus

3rd Assistant Director

Garth Marshall

Production Sound

James Marshall

1st Assistant Editor

Gerrit Martijn

1st Assistant Director

Maxine Matts

Assistant Editor

Martin Mccullagh

Chief Grip

Charles Mcdonald

Publicity

Maggie Mcmahon

Wardrobe (Milanese Ruffs)

Sara Meerman

Hair

Sara Meerman

Makeup

Annelies Meuleman

Assistant Accountant

Noboru Michizoe

Other

Leo Mulder

Special Thanks

Katsufumi Nakamura

Producer (Nhk)

Brody Neuenschwander

Other

Utako Niimi

Assistant (To Kayo Yoshido)

Bert Nijdam

Production Assistant

Dirk Nijland

Electrician

Yoshinobu Numano

Producer (Nhk)

Michael Nyman

Music

Paula Odino

Boom Operator

Rick Overberg

Decorator

Andre Peperkamp

Assistant Construction

David Peters

Assistant Construction

Jean-louis Piel

Special Thanks

Maarten Piersma

Construction

Lissa Pillu

Special Thanks

Brigitte Pleizier

Makeup Department

Wouter Poppink

Electrician

Hendrik Prins

Special Thanks (Maritime Museum)

Eve Ramboz

Other

John Rawsthorn

Assistant Construction

Chris Renson

Camera Operator

Jan Roelfs

Production Designer

Cynthia Roosberg

Wardrobe Assistant

Kayo Sakurai

Assistant (To Emi Wada)

Karine Saporta

Dancers Choreography

Brian Saunders

Dubbing Mixer

Wilma Schuemie

Art Department Production

Erik Schut

Grip

Takuya Seki

Other

Michel Seydoux

Co-Producer

William Shakespeare

Play As Source Material ("The Tempest")

Shirley Shaw

Dialogue Editor

Jean Sheffield

Footsteps Artist

Jorien Sont

Assistant Set Dresser

Ron Sterk

Special Thanks

Benito Strangio

Other

Robert Streefland

Runner

Hideichi Tamegaya

Technical Supervisor

Linda Terman

Art Department Assistant

Marc Thelosen

Special Thanks

Eileen Thomas

Special Thanks

Toshio Tsunoda

Other

Claudia Valentijn

Assistant Decorator

Wendy Valentijn

Decorator

Anne Van Aaken

Continuity

Reinier Van Brummelen

Gaffer

Ron Van De Woude

Driver

Rijk Van Den Berg

Assistant Location Manager

Boudewijn Van Der Donk

Accountant

Jasper Van Der Linden

Stand-In (John Gielgud)

Gaby Van Der Meijden

Makeup Department

Karin Van Der Werff

Production Manager

Wilbert Van Dorp

Construction Manager

Richard Van Grinsven

Runner

Petra Van Harte

Makeup Department

Dory Van Noort

Construction

Ben Van Os

Production Designer

Hanneke Van Roon

Makeup Assistant

Ank Van Straalen

Assistant Art Director

Dien Van Straalen

Wardrobe Mistress

Ruud Van Vorstenbosch

Assistant Construction

Rayke Verhoeven

Assistant Set Dresser

Pieter Vermeer

Electrician

Sacha Vierny

Director Of Photography

Sacha Vierny

Camera Operator

Ellen Vomberg

Other

Floris Vos

Props

Emi Wada

Wardrobe (Prospero'S Cloak)

Lilian Wadilie

Art Department Assistant

Anniek Widdershoven

Makeup Department

Denis Wigman

Executive Producer

Roland Wigman

Associate Producer

Andi Wright

Special Thanks

Chris Wyatt

Sound Editor

Masao Yamaguchi

Technical Director

Toshio Yamauchi

Other

Kayo Yoshida

Production Coordinator (Herald Ace)

Helen Zellweger

Other

Ben Zuydwijk

Decorator

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1991
Production Company
Abbey Road Studios; Cinea Productions; Eastman Kodak; Eurimages; Filmfour International; Imagica; London Records, Inc.; Mikros Image; Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK); StudioCanal; Vpro
Distribution Company
CINEPLEX ODEON FILMS/MIRAMAX; 20th Century Fox International; Budapest Film; Cineplex Odeon Films; Cineplex Odeon Films; MIRAMAX; Meteor Film Productions; Palace Pictures; Penta Distribuzione; Progres Films; Pyramide Distribution; Pyramide Films; Rialto Films
Location
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall November 15, 1991

Expanded Release in United States November 27, 1991

Released in United States on Video October 22, 1992

Released in United States 1991

Released in United States September 1991

Shown at New York Film Festival September 20 - October 6, 1991.

Shown at Tokyo International Film Festival September 27 - October 6, 1991.

The Japanese government granted special permission to the organizers of the 1991 Tokyo International Film Festival to screen "Prospero's Books," which violates censorship laws by showing frontal nudity and pubic hair.

Shown at Dutch Film Days in Utrecht September 18-26, 1991.

Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals September 5-14, 1991.

Shown at Venice Film Festival (in competition) September 3-14, 1991.

Began shooting March 26, 1990.

Completed shooting June 5, 1990.

Post-production in Tokyo utilized High-Definition TV (HDTV) technology.

This film is the first part of a trilogy set in the 17th century. The second installment is "The Baby of Macon" (Netherlands/France/Great Britain/Germany/1993).

Released is Zurich December 25, 1991.

Expanded Release in United States November 27, 1991

Released in United States on Video October 22, 1992

Released in United States 1991 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 20 - October 6, 1991.)

Released in United States 1991 (Shown at Telluride Film Festival August 29 - September 2, 1991.)

Released in United States 1991 (Shown at Tokyo International Film Festival September 27 - October 6, 1991.)

Released in United States 1991 (Film was originally announced as a competition entry at Cannes Film Festival 1991, but was unable to compete due to complex post-production effects; instead, a 16-minute reel was screened.)

Released in United States 1991 (The Japanese government granted special permission to the organizers of the 1991 Tokyo International Film Festival to screen "Prospero's Books," which violates censorship laws by showing frontal nudity and pubic hair.)

Released in United States September 1991 (Shown at Dutch Film Days in Utrecht September 18-26, 1991.)

Released in United States September 1991 (Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals September 5-14, 1991.)

Released in United States Fall November 15, 1991

Released in United States September 1991 (Shown at Venice Film Festival (in competition) September 3-14, 1991.)