Watch: Orlando 1992 123movies, Full Movie Online – Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that. The film follows him as he moves through several centuries of British history, experiencing a variety of lives and relationships along the way, and even changing sex..
Plot: England, 1600. Queen Elizabeth I promises Orlando, a young nobleman obsessed with poetry, that she will grant him land and fortune if he agrees to satisfy a very particular request.
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**Based on a somewhat controversial novel, it tackles gender issues and other deep subjects quite well.**
“Orlando” is perhaps one of the most interesting and controversial novels by the equally controversial Virginia Woolf. The details of this writer’s life are known: the sexual abuse she suffered in childhood, the depressive crises, the existential doubts she experienced all her life, her bisexuality. And “Orlando” was born in this context: it is the result of the relationship between Woolf and Victoria Sackville West, an aristocrat who maintained an open marriage, in which she could live her sexuality with other women. To what extent have Victoria or the author herself, at certain moments, not wanted or fantasized about an eventual sex change? I don’t know, however, I assume that Woolf’s novel may be one of the first literary works to explore the possibility of transsexuality.
The film doesn’t do much more than transport Woolf’s words to the screen, recreating a story where a young androgynous English aristocrat of the Elizabethan court, Lord Orlando, finds himself the object of the affection of the old queen, who gives him various goods and perks. on condition that he can never grow old or die, which actually happens! Thus, “blessed” (the eventual negative consequences are never addressed) in this way, Orlando crosses the centuries without aging a day, lives in love and gets to know other countries. At one point, he is possessed by a sleep he cannot wake up from, and when he finally wakes up, he has mysteriously become a woman, and spends the next two hundred years proving that not only did he never die, he changed sex. And the years go by, with the film ending in our days.
The film is responsible for boosting the film career of Tilda Swinton, a British actress who, even before making this film, was already pursuing a somewhat androgynous aesthetic look, perhaps due to having spent her childhood as the only girl among several male brothers. . The truth is that the film contributed decisively to the actress’s career. She dominates the film and gives us a superb performance. John Wood and Quentin Crisp also do great value work.
Technically, what stands out the most about this film is the cinematography, very careful and beautiful, and the smooth but consistent pace of a film that can take a while to convince viewers, but manages to do it and keeps our attention until at end. Filmed largely on British soil, it makes good use of various aristocratic houses as part of its set, and all the costumes, for each historical era, were really well done.
Tilda Swinton is superb in this story of the eponymous Tudor noble who obeys a command from the enamoured Queen Elizabeth (Quentin Crisp) and refuses to grow old. The film now follows the adventures, loves and ultimately depicts how the character adapts – quite literally – as England becomes Britain and eventually he becomes free! The experiences as an ambassador in the middle east, the determination to retain the family property when the authorities begin to smell a rat, the arrival of a child – all build upon this wonderfully enigmatic Virginia Woolf creation that defies typical analysis. This is story of humanity and of it’s own reluctance to embrace meaningful change as events and the environment relentlessly changes around it. Historical figures from Othello to King James I appear throughout this quirkily engaging chronology that is colourful, vibrant and enjoyably imaginative with this particular adaptation taking a little liberty with the book by extending the timeline into the more modern era. Whilst “Orlando” may evolve with some Hermaphroditic characteristics, they serve as a conduit to this story and are not overtly central to the action. It’s that very gender ambiguity that becomes gradually better defined as if the immortal is emerging from a fog – and Sally Potter keeps that remarkably well focused for the ninety minutes of screen time we are presented with here. It is an hard film to evaluate, it may or will mean many different things to many different people, and that’s what makes it very watchable indeed.
Stunning visuals,lacking plot
Though the film has exquisitely stunning visuals and everything looks absolutely beautiful, it just doesn’t seem to grasp certain (I think:key) aspects of the book. It might be that their is way too much book to put in one film, but it does make the story less good and certain things would just have been much better, were they done like in the book. Many things just don’t get enough time, though other things are added, or changed without making it better. I’d think that when you haven’t read the book, you’d enjoy the film more, as always, but that even then you could see that some things could better be done differently. I’d recommend it though, because of the absolutely beautiful way everything is made. The sets are really beautiful and I give my compliments for those. Though the plot and how it is done in general lacks, how stunning everything looks makes it more than worth watching.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 34 min (94 min)
Genre Biography, Drama, Fantasy
Director Sally Potter
Writer Virginia Woolf, Walter Donohue, Sally Potter
Actors Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp
Country United Kingdom, Russia, Italy, France, Netherlands
Awards Nominated for 2 Oscars. 15 wins & 11 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby (RCA Sound Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex Cameras, Cooke S4 Lenses
Laboratory Metrocolor, London, UK
Film Length 2,571 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm