Mrs. Dalloway

Mrs. Dalloway

Director: Marleen Gorris

Cast: Marleen Gorris, Vanessa Redgrave, Natascha McElhone, Rupert Graves

     
 

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This adaptation of the novel by Virginia Woolf stars Vanessa Redgrave as Clarissa Dalloway, a woman in her mid-'50s living in London five years after the end of WWI. As Mrs. Dalloway prepares an elaborate dinner party at the home she shares with her husband, a prominent politician, she finds herself looking back on her life 30 years before, when as a young woman… See more details below

Overview

This adaptation of the novel by Virginia Woolf stars Vanessa Redgrave as Clarissa Dalloway, a woman in her mid-'50s living in London five years after the end of WWI. As Mrs. Dalloway prepares an elaborate dinner party at the home she shares with her husband, a prominent politician, she finds herself looking back on her life 30 years before, when as a young woman (played by (Natascha McElhone), she was in love with two different men -- the solid and safe Richard Dalloway (John Standing) and the exciting, free-spirited Peter Walsh (Michael Kitchen). Clarissa also recalls her close friendship with Sally (Lena Headey) as she wonders if she made the right choice in marrying Richard -- especially when Peter makes an unexpected appearance at her party. Mrs. Dalloway also finds herself moved in a way she never anticipated by the plight of Septimus Smith (Rupert Graves), a young man severely injured during the war whom she has never met. Mrs. Dalloway was directed by Marleen Gorris, whose previous credit was the international success Antonia's Line.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Virginia Woolf purists were alarmed at the liberties Marleen Gorris and her colleagues took with Woolf's novel, but in fact, Mrs. Dalloway boldly succeeds in fleshing out much of the back story to Mrs. D's youth. Gorris' previous film, the Oscar-winning Antonia's Line, offered a similar set-up, with a dying woman recalling the events of her life, but here the present and the past are co-mingled more artfully. Vanessa Redgrave is, no surprise, a smashing Clarissa in middle age, but the film owes much of its power to the performance of Natascha McElhone as the young Clarissa. It's rare that a film offers such a full picture of one character (and in an economical running time as well). The viewer is allowed to see the choices Clarissa had, why she made them, and why she has cause to regret them. And with Redgrave's measured performance, the viewer understands how important it is for her to reconcile herself to her decisions.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2004
UPC:
0687797753090
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Millennium
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
26,484

Special Features

Scene selections; Spanish subtitles; Previews

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vanessa Redgrave Mrs. Dalloway
Natascha McElhone Clarissa Dalloway
Rupert Graves Septimus Warren Smith
Michael Kitchen Peter Walsh
John Standing Richard Dalloway
Alan Cox Young Peter
Lena Headey Young Sally
Margaret Tyzack Lady Bruton
Sarah Badel Lady Rosseter (Sally Seton)

Technical Credits
Marleen Gorris Director
Eileen Atkins Screenwriter
Chris J. Ball Co-producer
Carlotta Barrow Set Decoration/Design
Stephen Bayly Producer
Nik Callan Art Director
Simon Curtis Co-producer
Celestia Fox Casting
Paul Frift Associate Producer
Sue Gibson Cinematographer
Peter Glossop Sound/Sound Designer
Lisa Katselas Pare Producer
Judy Pepperdine Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Reichwein Editor
David Richens Production Designer
Ilona Sekacz Score Composer
Bill Shephard Co-producer
Brian Simmons Sound/Sound Designer
William Tyrer Co-producer
Jeanne Vertigan Set Decoration/Design
Richard Whelan Asst. Director
Virginia Woolf Source Author
Alison Wratten Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [8:09]
2. Sweet Peas for the Table [10:24]
3. Is it All Over? [11:08]
4. But I Like Parties [10:03]
5. Start the Ball Rolling [13:18]
6. I'm Not Brave [13:57]
7. The Party Line [9:37]
8. Party Gossip [7:05]
9. Things Lost [4:11]
10. What Do Brains Matter [3:31]
11. Hey Now [2:16]
12. Closing Credits [3:31]

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