The Tempest

Director: Paul Mazursky
Screenwriters: Leon Capetanos, Paul Mazursky

Institute History

  • 1989 Sundance Film Festival


Paul Mazursky’s vision of a marriage on the rocks is far more luxurious, far less threatening than Cassavetes’s, but his brilliant casting of John and Gena gives the fascinating effect that Marianne Moore once described as the object of poetry: “real frogs in imaginary gardens.” To switch metaphors midparagraph: the film is like a charming mask worn by someone with disturbing eyes. Mazursky creates a tension between the mask (the script and the setting) and the eyes (the Cassaveteses) that’s evocative, playful, and even, at times, mysterious.

— Tony Safford

Screening Details

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