March and early signs of Spring are nearly upon us. The Tacoma Film Club is back up and running strong. Join us this Friday, March 2, 2012 for a screening of the classic film ORLANDO (1992). It was directed by Sally Potter, working mostly out of England. Potter was originally trained as a dancer, but she left school at 16 to become a film maker. Some of her other films include THE TANGO LESSON (1997), and THE MAN WHO CRIED (2000).
The film is based on the novel by Virginia Woolf (1928)
“ Orlando’s words and looks to the camera were intended as an equivalent both of Virginia Woolf’s direct addresses to her readers, and to try to convert her literary wit into cinematic humor.”–Sally Potter.
Directed by Sally Potter @ 94 minutes.
The film stars Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, and Quentin Crisp.
Synopsis: 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 more miraculously, changing sex as well.
Orlando: Your Majesty, I am forever…
Trivia: As Orlando progressed throughout the decades, during each incarnation actress Tilda Swinton’s eye color changes. Orlando’s daughter was played by Jessica Swinton, her only film role.
The cinematographer was Aleksei Rodionov, who has lensed 25 films, including PASSION IN THE DESERT (1997), EISENSTEIN (2000), and BEDOUIN (2011).
Matthew Connelly wrote, “Rarely have source material director, and leading actress been more in alignment than in ORLANDO.”
Vincent Canby wrote, “This ravishing and witty spectacle invades the mind through eyes that are dazzled without being anesthetized.”
So be sure to mark your calendars, and keep this Friday, March 2, 2012 open in order to join the Tacoma Film Club for our screening of the delightful film ORLANDO (1992). We will show it at 924 Broadway, in the Pythian Temple, street level, across from Theater on the Square, in the heart of Tacoma’s Theater District. Our “Fellowship Hour” begins at 6:15 p.m. Look for our large TFC banner over the front doorway. We will pass out the new TFC Membership cards to those of you who paid for 2012 membership on January 13, 2012. We will be prepared to accept new memberships and renewals before and after the film. Those of you who would like to bring some snacks or beverages (wine is still allowed), feel free to bring it and share with others. We do pay a fee to the Pythians each time we use this space, so your donations are wonderfully appreciated. ORLANDO runs 94 minutes, so the film will be over before 9 p.m. See you at the movies!