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The 2019 film The Lighthouse (dir. by Robert Eggers) has elements that parallel Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" in a direct way and Percy Shelley's Prometheus Unbound in an allegorical way, due
the fact the film is set on a rock on an island and on account of the tortuous suffering of one of the protagonists who becomes effectively the slave of the lighthouse master while hoping for release. While the ending
differs significantly from that of Shelley's drama, the intimate dialogue between characters, the presence of doppelganger, the themes of suffering, revenge, enslavement and irony in the film bear many traces of
Act One of Prometheus Unbound.