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


Independent filmmaker Sally Potter's gender-bending epic, which views four centuries of sexual politics through the eyes of a sex-switching main character, is based on the 1928 novel by Virginia Woolf. The androgynous title character is played with delicate quietude by Tilda Swinton. The story begins during the reign of the aging Queen Elizabeth I (Quentin Crisp, in a droll turn recalling his The Naked Civil Servant). Queen Elizabeth takes a shine to the attractive young Orlando and seeks out his sexual favors. In return, Elizabeth grants him a large estate, commanding him, "Do not fade, do not wither, do not grow old." Orlando takes the queen at her word and doesn't. When Elizabeth dies, Orlando becomes attracted to Sasha (Charlotte Valandrey), the daughter of a Russian diplomat, but she rebuffs his advances. Crushed, Orlando accepts an ambassadorship to Constantinople. After witnessing the killing of a man in battle, Orlando undergoes a change of sex, becoming a woman and returning to England, where she hobnobs with 18th-century geniuses like Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, and John Addison. Walking through a garden labyrinth, the time frame shifts to the 19th century, and Orlando falls in love with a handsome American (Billy Zane). Now in the 20th century, Orlando gives birth to his child and continues on.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/21/2010
UPC: 0043396368132
Original Release: 1992
Rating: PG-13
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: A
Time: 1:34:00

Special Features

Orlando goes to Russia; Orlando in Uzbekistan; Jimmy was an angel; Venice film festival press conference; An interview with Sally Potter; Select scenes commentary with director Sally Potter; Commentary with director Sally Potter and actress Tilda Swinton

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

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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.