FEMALE DIRECTORS: Orlando (1992) / New Movies!
“Your majesty, I am forever…”
CW: Discussions of misogyny, gender roles, gender switching.
We’re starting a new series of watching films made by female directors discussing Sally Potter’s 1992 art-house hit, Orlando. Tilda Swinton gives a tour-de-force performance as the Count Orlando, living eternally through hundreds of years of English history, first as a man, and then as a woman. Swinton is masterful in the movie, at once reserved yet also coy and sly in the camera. The movie, though, is missing some desperately needed context and plot lines, forcing us to invoke the Kubrick rule - if you need extra outside information to make your movie better, your movie might not be good. Orlando, however, is unique and interesting, and well worth your time for Swinton alone. And, maybe, just maybe, someone will make this the 6-8 episode miniseries it deserves to be.
Also, we’ve got new movie reviews! Because it’s been A WHILE. Movies we quick-hit review include:
Pokemon Detective Pikachu
Men in Black: International
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Toy Story 4
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
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Clips from Orlando are copyright 1992 Adventure Pictures (Orlando) Limited. All rights reserved.
Intro music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.