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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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Jimmy Somerville ...
Falsetto / Angel
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Elaine Banham ...
Orlando's Mother
Anna Farnworth ...
Clorinda
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Favilla
Anna Healy ...
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King James I
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Earl of Moray
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Lord Francis Vere
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Viktor Stepanov ...
Russian Ambassador (as Victor Stepanov)
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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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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,289,772 (USA)
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To help find the character of Orlando, Sally Potter and Tilda Swinton rented some costumes from Bermans & Nathans in London and did a photo shoot. Orlando's looks to the camera and asides to the audience were one of the key character aspects that came out of the photo shoot. See more »

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First Official: One, you are legally dead and therefore cannot hold any property whatsoever.
Orlando: Ah. Fine.
First Official: Two, you are now a female.
Second Official: Which amounts to much the same thing.
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Composed by Sally Potter, Jimmy Somerville, David Motion
Published by Copyright Conrtol/ Virgin Music
Performed by Jimmy Somerville
Courtesy of London Records
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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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