Orlando

Directed By: Sally Potter Starring: Tilda Swinton

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i saw shining and the exorsist and their kiddie rides compared to this thriller. i wasn't able to sleep for days after seeing this one. i HIGHLY reccomend it is the best horror film ever made

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This is an interesting fable about a person who starts out as a man and then falls asleep for years and wakes up a woman. The cinematography is gorgeous, and the musical soundtrack is awesome. It's based on the book by Virginia Woolf. Gives an interesting perspective on society thru one person's eyes, but as both sexes. The way the camera moves, you forget you're watching a movie, you seem to just be there as a bystander seeing events unfold. If you like fable/fantasy-type movies (that show a flavor for social commentary!), you will enjoy "Orlando."

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the scariest movie in the world

by ddark13@yahoo.com on 1/16/2000

i saw shining and the exorsist and their kiddie rides compared to this thriller. i wasn't able to sleep for days after seeing this one. i HIGHLY reccomend it is the best horror film ever made Read More

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Beautifully filmed and acted!

by mrfoegelle@austin.rr.com on 7/23/2002

This is an interesting fable about a person who starts out as a man and then falls asleep for years and wakes up a woman. The cinematography is gorgeous, and the musical soundtrack is awesome. It's based on the book by Virginia Woolf. Gives an interesting perspective on society thru one person's eyes, but as both sexes. The way the camera moves, you forget you're watching a movie, you seem to just be there as a bystander seeing events unfold. If you like fable/fantasy-type movies (that show a flavor for social commentary!), you will enjoy "Orlando." Read More

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Product Overview

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 40115025
UPC 043396715493
UPC 14 00043396715493
Format DVD
Release Date 3/22/2013
Rating Rating
Keywords
Adventure
Essential Cinema
Fantasy
Social Issues
Switching Roles
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Based on the novel by Virginia Woolf, ORLANDO follows the witty, engaging story of the incredibly long-lived aristocratic poet, Orlando (Tilda Swinton), whose gender changes in the 18th Century as he/she lives through the Elizabethan era and into the Twentieth Century. Praised for his, and later her, beauty, and tortured by love and an obsession with epic poetry that began as a teenager, Orlando learns about politics, war, sex, society, and birth as a man and again as a woman. Director Sally Potter creates a stunning, clever commentary on gender and society.
Plot Summary
Summary Tilda Swinton is Orlando, the melancholy, fiercely independent, and always humanistic poet whose story begins when Queen Elizabeth I--wonderfully played by Quentin Crisp--takes a shine to the beautiful boy. There are several amazing things about Orlando, not the least of which is that he is immortal, has the tendency to slip into death-like sleeps for long periods of time and, halfway through the 18th century, changes into a woman. Based on the novel by Virginia Woolf, the author's wit is deftly matched by director Sally Potter's translation of it to the screen. With spectacular sets and costumes, ORLANDO is lush to look at while retaining a charming intimacy. Spanning four centuries to the present, ORLANDO mixes history with dramatized events--such as a great freeze during the 17th century that encases England in ice--resulting in fairy-tale enchantment and witty metaphor. Potter's signature vignette style takes Orlando on journeys both locational and emotional--as a patron to a mooching poet (Heathcote Williams), an ambassador to the Middle East, and a lover of an American explorer (Billy Zane)--in which he learns about all varieties of life, society, and gender in all of their complexities.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Same person, no difference at all. Just a different sex." -- Orlando (Tilda Swinton), after discovering that he has turned into a she.
Quote "You are legally dead... You are a female, which amounts to much the same thing." -- Court Officer to the newly female Orlando (Tilda Swinton)
Reviews
New York Times "...This ravishing and witty spectacle invades the mind through eyes that are dazzled....[Swinton has] sweetness, gravity and intelligence..." 03/19/1993 p.C1
Premiere "...[A] sumptuously costumed journey..." - Recommended 06/01/1994 p.122
USA Today "...ORLANDO straddles the genders while creating a new genre....A pace that this smashingly designed and photographed..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 06/23/1993 p.5D
Rolling Stone "...[Swinton] is flat out amazing in a performance that is destined to become legendary..." 06/24/1993 p.89
Film Comment "...Sumptuous....With an adept star turn by Tilda Swinton..." 11/01/1992 p.57-9
Entertainment Weekly "...[Swinton is] a stunning found object: She looks so much like a painting of English nobility come to life that she helps root the film in a mythical historical past..." 07/16/1993 p.40
Directors
Sally Potter
Actors
Tilda Swinton
Cast & Crew
Billy Zane - Star
Charlotte Valandrey - Star
Tilda Swinton - Star
Heathcote Williams - Star
Quentin Crisp - Star
John Wood - Star
Lothaire Bluteau - Star
Sally Potter - Screenwriter
Sally Potter - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1993
Catalog ID 71549
UPC 00043396715493
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 93 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, Spanish Dubbed
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, French, Subtitled, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Swinton,Tilda
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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Beautifully filmed and acted! by mrfoegelle@austin.rr.com on Jul 23, 2002


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