Orlando

Based on Virginia Woolf’s classic novel of the same name, this is one beautifully directed film by Sally Potter, transformed to the big screen with a dash of surreal tinge and no touch of heavy-handedness that generally comes in the way of a director bent on being faithful to a book. Other conclusions notwithstanding, I see this as an allegory of the irrationality inherent in the act of sexual discrimination. Review at NYT, where Vincent Canby juxtaposes his impressions on the film with that of the book.

This film is transfixing.

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Written and directed by Sally Potter, based on the novel by Virginia Woolf; director of photography, Aleksei Rodionov; edited by Herve Schneid; produced by Christopher Sheppard; released by Sony Pictures Classics.

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