Orlando
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Orlando

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Director: Sally Potter

Cast: Sally Potter, Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Lothaire Bluteau

     
 

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Tilda Swinton takes the title role in this memorable take on Virginia Woolf's gender-bending novel, arriving on DVD courtesy of Columbia /TriStar Video. Presented in the original 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio and featuring an English Dolby Digital Stereo soundtrack, this release also offers an alternate Spanish Dolby Digital Mono track in addition to optional English

Overview

Tilda Swinton takes the title role in this memorable take on Virginia Woolf's gender-bending novel, arriving on DVD courtesy of Columbia /TriStar Video. Presented in the original 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio and featuring an English Dolby Digital Stereo soundtrack, this release also offers an alternate Spanish Dolby Digital Mono track in addition to optional English, Spanish, and French subtitles. Extra features include production notes, talent files, and theatrical trailers.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Orlando is a witty visual spectacle with compelling ideas and a story with many gaping holes that are open to interpretation. The source novel by Virginia Woolf, written as a love letter to Vita Sackville-West, was adapted for the screen by director Sally Potter, who also composed the musical score. With a budget of four million dollars, Potter manages to re-create 400 years of European history, complete with royal landscapes and elaborate costumes. The inspired set was the work of experimental filmmaker Peter Greenaway's production designers, Ben Van Os and Jan Roelfs. The plot is generally overshadowed by the remarkably talented Tilda Swinton portraying the character of Orlando throughout different times, places, and genders. It is never explained why or how Orlando can persevere without aging and change from a he into a she, yet Swinton's performance remains convincing. The supporting characters never develop into much, despite such clever casting as Quentin Crisp playing Queen Elizabeth I. However lacking in narrative elements, Orlando is a humorous and fascinating study of gender identity throughout history, made with an observant and critical eye on the traditions of Victorian costume dramas.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/1999
UPC:
0043396715493
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
72,488

Special Features

Interactive menus; Languages: English [stereo], Spanish; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; Theatrical trailer; Talent and filmographies; Production notes; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tilda Swinton Orlando
Billy Zane Shelmerdine
Lothaire Bluteau The Khan
John Wood Archduke Harry
Charlotte Valandrey Sasha
Quentin Crisp Queen Elizabeth I
Heathcote Williams Nick Greene/Publisher
Peter Eyre Mr. Pope
Jimmy Somerville Falsetto/Angel
Dudley Sutton King James I
Simon Russell Beale Earl of Moray
John Byrne Courtier
Sarah Crowden Queen Mary
Robert Demeger 3rd Valet
John Grillo 1st Official
Roger Hammond Mr. Swift
Barbara Hicks 2nd Older Woman
Thom Hoffman King William of Orange
Kathryn Hunter Countess
Mary McLeod 1st Older Woman
Ned Sherrin Mr. Addison
Jerome Willis Translator

Technical Credits
Sally Potter Director,Score Composer,Screenwriter
Laurie Borg Producer
Michael Buchanan Art Director
Christopher Hobbs Set Decoration/Design
Michael Howells Art Director
Martine Kelly Associate Producer
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Alex Rodionov Cinematographer
Jan Roelfs Production Designer
Herve Schneid Editor
Ben Van Os Production Designer
Virginia Woolf Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start. [6:10]
2. 1600 Death. [2:55]
3. "Do not fade.." [2:51]
4. 1610 Love. [1:30]
5. Introductions. [2:06]
6. Courting a Cossack. [2:08]
7. Following his heart. [4:01]
8. Destines unlinked. [2:23]
9. Othello. [2:04]
10. Six-day sleep. [3:26]
11. 1650 Poetry. [1:57]
12. Great work. [5:44]
13. 1700 Politics. [3:25]
14. Desert toasts & songs. [2:57]
15. Archduke Harry. [4:16]
16. Enemies at the wall. [5:28]
17. A different sex. [2:28]
18. Home. [1:36]
19. 1750 Society. [2:42]
20. Swift & Pope. [3:29]
21. Major lawsuits. [2:37]
22. Harry proposes. [1:27]
23. 1850 Sex. [3:08]
24. A real woman. [5:39]
25. Lawsuit settled. [3:48]
26. Birth. [4:02]
27. The house she lost. [1:26]

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Orlando 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
dejla More than 1 year ago
This is a remarkable interpretation of a remarkable book. The plot has, for the movies, been adjusted, but it doesn't matter. Tilda Swinton carries this movie with such effortlessness that you're pulled into the story and you don't question the odd time jumps. I don't know enough about magical realism to be sure I'm using the term correctly, but that's what it feels like. If Virginia Woolf had been living today, she might have been writing science fiction -- or Margaret Atwood's books.