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United Kingdom | 1992 | 94 Minutes | Sally Potter

October 5, 2014

One of the most audacious films of the New Queer Cinema of the 1990's, Sally Potter's groundbreaking film features Tilda Swinton in a gender-bending role as a young Renaissance man who transforms into a modern woman over the course of 400 years.

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Tilda Swinton, then known mostly for her intense performances in the films of Derek Jarman, gave a star-making performance as the delicately handsome nobleman Orlando, who is commanded by Queen Elizabeth (as portrayed by queer icon Quentin Crisp) in the year 1600 never to grow old. Astonishingly, he obeys, ignoring the constraints of both time and gender.

British filmmaker Sally Potter created a masterwork with her adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s epic satirical novel. In addition to it's strikingly original and post-modern exploration of sexual identity, the film is also a savory treat on the big screen, where it spans the centuries with a visual style that moves elegantly from opulent pageantry to cool motorcycle chic.

"Orlando returns to theaters with all of its original allure intact, and then some…Potter boldly rejects the prospects of trying to make Swinton seem conventionally masculine, letting the performance transcend gender categories to become a keen meditation on identity." - Eric Kohn, Indiewire | Full Review

  • Director: Sally Potter
  • Principal Cast: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp, Elaine Banham
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 1992
  • Running Time: 94 Minutes