NI Film Series: Prospero's Books


Location: Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Prospero's Books

Directed by Peter Greenaway, 1991. 123 min.
Rated R. The film is also notable for its extensive use of nudity, displayed with a naturist ethos in keeping with the work’s key themes.

Prospero’s Books
Thursday, February 25th at 7:00 pm

Working the familiar Shakespearean territory of The Tempest allows Greenaway to run wild with the visuals, embedding frames within frames, composing each shot like an independent work of art and flanking the main action with purposeful but controversial imagery. Co-sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Shakespeare at Notre Dame, and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Tickets: $6, $5 faculty/staff, $4 seniors, and $3 all students
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Peter Greenaway

Born in Wales and educated in London, Peter Greenaway trained as a painter for four years, and started making his own films in 1966. He now lives in Amsterdam.

He has continued to make cinema in a great variety of ways, which has also informed his curatorial work and the making of exhibitions and installations in Europe from the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice and the Joan Miro Gallery in Barcelona to the Boymans van Beuningen Gallery in Rotterdam and the Louvre in Paris.

He has made 12 feature films and some 50 short-films and documentaries, been regularly nominated for the Film Festival Competitions of Cannes, Venice and Berlin, published books, written opera librettos, and collaborated with composers Michael Nyman, Glen Branca, Wim Mertens, Jean-Baptiste Barriere, Philip Glass, Louis Andriessen, Borut Krzisnik and David Lang.

His first narrative feature film, The Draughtsman’s Contract, completed in 1982, received great critical acclaim and established him internationally as an original film maker, a reputation consolidated by the films, The Cook, the Thief, his Wife & her Lover and The Pillow-book, The Tulse Luper Suitcases, and most recently by Nightwatching.