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28 April 2010 @ 02:46 pm
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Having now seen both the Jarman Tempest and Prospero's Books (did I know Mark Rylance was in this, and just forgot?), I have to ask: is there something about The Tempest that suggests loads of random nudity? Because I'm not really seeing it.
 
 
 
a_t_raina_t_rain on April 28th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
Maybe the fact that all of the characters have been shipwrecked on a desert island, and / or already live on one? I guess I do associate both of those conditions with nudity, although I don't know whether Renaissance audiences would have made the same connection (and Prospero, at least, seems to have been cast away with a full wardrobe for some reason, or else he magicked one up).

Disclaimer: I haven't seen either film, so I don't know whether the directors are throwing in nudity in places where it makes sense or not.
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on April 28th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
There's actually a line about Prospero's clothes in the text: it's along the lines of, "oh yeah, and Gonzalo threw some clothes in here for us along with my books," but it is there. Mostly I remember because it made me giggle.

I can see the association of desert island and nudity, but there is just so much of it in Prospero's Books that I feel like something else has to be going on, and I just haven't worked it out yet.
a_t_raina_t_rain on April 28th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
... One totally wonders if Gonzalo was optimistic enough to throw in twelve years' worth of clothes for little Miranda to grow into, or whether she's running around in a grass skirt. Or maybe I'm the only one who wonders about that sort of thing.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on April 29th, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
Oh, no, I wonder about these things too! In my more serious moods, I think perhaps Gonzalo threw some of Miranda's mother's clothes into the boat; other times I imagine it was just some bolts of cloth.