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Much of the thrill of Orlando comes from the beguilingly androgyny of Swinton’s performance. Orlando still ranks among her best work, though last year’s underseen Julia nips at its heels. The film itself is a fun and idiosyncratic odyssey and features wonderful visual work and the most hilariously oversized costumes. Orlando is a must see too simply for how well Potter managed to retool Woolf’s extremely difficult novel into a mere 93-minute film.
I’ve been trying to add Orlando to my collection for a few years now. So hard was it to come by that when I suggested to it to my brother as a Christmas present, we were shocked to see that a new copy was listed on the Amazon marketplace for $1500. (Needless to say, Santa wasn’t feeling that generous!). I’m both relieved and grateful that Sony Pictures is re-releasing Orlando this Tuesday, August 17th.
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