British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

Iguana

Synopsis
Feature film described by some as a cross between The Tempest and The Phantom of the Opera. A grotesquely disfigured harpooner named Iguana is severely mistreated by his fellow sailors on a whaling ship in the 19th century. One night he escapes and takes up residence on a remote island. He makes himself ruler of the island and declares war on mankind. Anyone unfortunate enough to land on the island with Iguana is subjected to his cruel tyranny. Judith Buchanan (op cit) writes’It is a grim, and grimly partial, allusion to The Tempest, offering not Gonzalo’s Utopian fantasy, or even Antonio’s sense of a land ripe for exploitation, but rather only Ariel - as Harpy’s ‘most desolate isle’ (III, iii, l80).
Language
English
Country
Switzerland; Italy
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1988
Duration
97 mins

Credits

Director
Monte Hellman
Producer
Franco di Nunzio
Cinematographer
Josep M. Civit
Screenplay
David M. Zehr; Monte Hellman; Steven Gaydos
Music
Franco Campanino
Costume
Leslie Peters Ballard
Art Direction
Gil Parrondo
Cast
Everett McGillOberlus (Iguana) (Prospero)

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Tempest, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Released on DVD in 2001 (Region 1 only).
General
Based on the novel by Alberto Vazquez Figueroa.
Reviews
`Iguana’ in Buchanan, Judith, Shakespeare on Film (Harlow, Essex: Pearson Education, 2005) pp. 94-6.

Production Company

Name

Enterprise Iguana Film

Name

New Pentax Film

Online Retailer

Name

amazon.ca

Record Stats

This record has been viewed 371 times.