Sexy, witty and provocative, Potter’s adaptation of Orlando turned Virginia Woolf’s most spirited novel, called ‘the longest love letter in English literature’, into a reinvention of heritage cinema that dazzled audiences and critics from the Venice Film Festival to Rolling Stone.
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Etherial and fantastic, this Orlando is built on fairy-tale ground - everything is beautifully put together so you don't ever fall from its web. It catches you by the imagery - and oh-how Tilda belongs here. Like dozens and dozens of pictures - Potter does art work, framing reality as make believe. Congratulations, my eyes are pleased.
Potter's suitably irreverent masque is a thoroughly decent attempt to film a tricky novel capturing its less than cinematic themes of transcendentalism and immortality, together with the easier - and now drearily contemporary - topic of identity (the film is no doubt due a pert revival on that score alone). Swinton's gamine androgyny is put to early good use.
A singular film that should fascinate anyone interested in the construction of identity, in both a "real" and cinematic sense. Some parts of the film are inadvertently hilarious (i.e. Billy Zane trotting in on the horse).
Despite its interesting aesthetic and the impressive Tilda's performance, this film is not equally remarkable as the astonishing Virginia's novel. But I must say, it is truly a pity as it could have ended as an astoundingly beautiful perception of the novel.
Good movie with a dreamy atmosphere and an inspired effort from Swinton. The pacing is a bit off but the movie keeps your interest to the last frame despite this. I have not read the book but I really enjoyed the message and sentiment of the movie. Recommended!
Orlando - You see I'm about to lose everything.
Shelmerdine - You can come with me.
O - Where you going?
S - Back to America when the wind changes to the southwest.
O - America. I've been abroad, but east...