Orlando Movie Review Summary

Actors: Tilda Swinton, Quentin Crisp, Billy Zane

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   Based on Virginia Woolf's novel, this gender story, which starts out circa 1600, is about a young courtier named Orlando who becomes a favorite of Queen Elizabeth I. When the aging queen commands the youth to remain forever young, he magically does.
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   The film traces Orlando's trek through more than four centuries of British history. It starts with him falling in love with an unattainable Russian princess. It moves to him becoming a patron of the arts, supporting a dissolute poet. Orlando then ventures to the Middle East as an ambassador to an Arab country. At this point, he also turns into a female. Studying her new, curvy silhouette in a mirror, Orlando proffers a feminist pronouncement: "Same person; no difference at all."
While the female Orlando doesn't sweat her gender change, when she returns to 18th-century England she loses possession of her castle, as women at the time were unable to own property. However, she falls in love and, after a brief stop in the trenches of World War I, gives birth to a
child. The film ends with Orlando in modern-day London, her young daughter by her side.

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Comedy or Parody about    -   s/he is a he/she How much humor v. drama    -   More drama than serious humor

Main Character

Profession/status:    -   simply wealthy Has magical powers?    -   Yes Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Asia/Pacific/Middle East    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Arabia City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   castle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   seeing full frontal--women Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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