Prospero, duca di Lambrate. “La tempesta” dal ‘romance’ al romanzo – Paolo Caponi – Stratagemmi 24/25
The essay analyzes the vicissitudes of The Tempest in Milan after Giorgio Strehler 1978 highly acclaimed stage-version. A special attention is devoted to Maurizio Nichetti’s parody encapsulated in his 1980 film Ho fatto splash and, above all, to the 1993 novel La tempesta by the Milanese painter, poet and novelist Emilio Tadini (1927-2002). In Tadini’s novel, the Shakespearean text provides the background reference for a bleak news story, one where loneliness, madness and poverty
coalesce in an explosive compound. Set in ghastly, sun-drenched Milan of midsummer, and told by a cumbersome journalist in search of a scoop, the story develops the pattern of a debased romance as the only possible narrative form in a world devoid of sense and heroism, with an hopelessly degraded Prospero waiting his turn to kill or be killed.