Monday, April 03, 2006

Beautiful Adaptation

by Sally Potter

I haven’t read Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, but from what I’ve read of her work, Sally Potter’s adaptation is probably the best of all possible adaptations. The entire film seems to be constructed around Tilda Swinton’s remarkable face as we follow the journey of Orlando from Man to Woman over the course of two centuries. It’s very carefully structured and shot and may be a bit dry for some, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. Potter’s later film, Yes, has similar themes, but packs more of an emotional punch, but Orlando is very much worth seeing.

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