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Orlando (1992)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Fantasy | 9 June 1993 (USA)
Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that. The film follows him as he moves through several centuries of British ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Quentin Crisp ...
Jimmy Somerville ...
Falsetto / Angel
John Bott ...
Orlando's Father
Elaine Banham ...
Orlando's Mother
Anna Farnworth ...
Clorinda
Sara Mair-Thomas ...
Favilla
Anna Healy ...
Euphrosyne
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Lord Francis Vere
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Translator
Viktor Stepanov ...
Russian Ambassador (as Victor Stepanov)
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Princess Sasha
Mary MacLeod ...
First Older Woman
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Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that. The film follows him as he moves through several centuries of British history, experiencing a variety of lives and relationships along the way, and even changing sex. Written by Phythian

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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality | See all certifications »

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9 June 1993 (USA)  »

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Орландо  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,289,772 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The drinking scene in the desert with Orlando and the Khan is based on what actually occurred with the production crew. Sally Potter set up a banquet in the desert to woo a local Russian mayor into letting them use a local castle for some shoots. During the banquet, some Russian alcohol was served by the mayor, but the production crew were unable to swallow the drink straight. See more »

Quotes

[speaking in French]
Princess Sasha: You speak French?
Orlando: A bit. But most of the English can't... don't want to speak other languages.
Princess Sasha: But how do they communicate with foreigners?
Orlando: They speak English louder.
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For Beatrice Quennell "Hunny" 1897 - 1989 See more »


Soundtracks

WHERE'ER YOU WALK
(from "Semele")
Composed by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
Performed by Andrew Watts (counter-tenor) with Peter Hayward (harpsichordist)
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great sensitivity...
4 December 2008 | by (Geneva, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Absolutely superb movie...

just saw it right before writing this...

remember having seen the clip on YT,

and it gave me the feeling I should enjoy it :

I definitively did !

As say others comments, mesmerizing, mysterious, delicate...

and very profound even though quiet hidden at the beginning...

It reveals this aspect, like all the movie, like a woman in love,

slowly, enigmatically, words after words, with great sensitivity...

And Tilda Swinton, wow ! what an actress !

Plus she's beautiful ! I didn't see any movie with her before,

but for sure gonna see some more...

Not at all a usual Jimmy Somerville fan, I just love his part too ;

and last song leaves you full of hope in our humanity.

Music, cinematography, set design and costuming are absolutely exquisite and stunning.

But unfortunately guess this exceptional movie is not for everyone's taste..

In one sentence, Sally Potter made a movie that you won't forget !

Her film eventually expresses what Orson Welles wrote with so much accuracy :

"a film is never really good unless the camera is an eyes in the head of a poet"


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