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‘Orlando’ re-released in LA and NY July 23

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Tilda Swinton as Orlando
Tilda Swinton as Orlando - Sony Pictures Classics photo

For a new generation of movie-goers that was still too young 18 years ago when the film first came out, Sony Pictures Classics is re-releasing Sally Potter’s film Orlando, based upon the novel by Virgina Woolf.

Orlando (played by Tilda Swinton) is the story of someone who lives for four hundred years, first as a man, then as a woman, experiencing the highlights of England’s history.  With outstanding scenery, the movie starts with a young Orlando living a privileged life in the Elizabethan period.  Because he has a strange ability to fall asleep and wake up many years later, he finds himself awake to fall in love with a Russian princess (played by Charlotte Valandrey) by the gorgeous banks of the Thames, years before falling in love again, during the Victorian era and this time as a female, to Shelmerdine (played by Billy Zane).  At the end Orlando joins the modern world of 20th century England.

Tilda Swinton as Orlando
Tilda Swinton as Orlando - Sony Picture Classics photo

Like Woolf took creative liberties while telling history in her book, the film’s writer and director likewise took her licenses while translating the book to the screen.  The result, however, is a beautiful description of a journey through centuries, with poignant commentary most often communicated without words – with a direct look at the camera from Swinton. 

Since its original release, Orlando has received more than thirty international awards, including two Oscar nominations.  It is often used as a teaching tool in film, media, and literature courses and as a model of adaptation of a classic work. 

Orlando opens July 23 in Los Angeles and New York.  Now at Nuart Theatre in Santa Monica for one week only.  All information at http://www.landmarktheatres.com/market/LosAngeles/NuartTheatre.htm