Tempest (1982)

Tempest (1982), directed by Paul Mazursky.

A New York architect has his midlife crisis on a Greek island. The plot outline is roughly parallel to Shakespeare's play.

On the good side it is prettier and better photographed than I remember, and we have a strong cast:

The tone and pacing are unusual and remain in the memory.

On the down side: none of the characters are as charming or the situations as wacky as they are supposed to be. Many purposeless scenes, and the New York segments are awful, like Woody Allen-plus, with irritable and hyper-neurotic people squabbling and shrieking at each other. The story sort of fades out in the last half hour.

It's a pity because the actors are watchable and the island quite nice.