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Orlando (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on August 24, 2010

Revisiting this reminds me that I not only need to check out more of Sally Potter’s work, but also read some Virginia Woolf.  There’s kind of a trade-off from the last viewing: the Jimmy Somerville ending doesn’t bother me nearly as much now, but I was a bit troubled by how cold this movie is.  It’s an inventive and playful and thoughtful piece of work, defying all kinds of expectations… but it doesn’t have a whole lot of heart to it, and sometimes feels like an exercise.  Still, it does make some intriguing comments on gender (among other things) and is greatly elevated by Swinton’s performance, the lavish production design, the lush cinematography, and beautiful score.  Very original and fun.  Rating: 9


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