20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
well made, but the book is much better. buy both.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Orlando [DVD]  (DVD)
This is a beautiful film, well directed and acted. If I hadn't read the book I would probably have given it 4 stars. It was filmed in Russia, what a pity! Throughout the pages of Virginia Woolf you fill such a vibrant London, expecially in the last part of the novel. The cold Russian winter has such a stong white light and it helps you imagine the Great Frost, during the reign of King James I.
Orlando writes a poem which takes him 300 years to finish, but we never see him/her during its writing. When James II sends him to Costantinople, there he marries a Spanish dancer, and after his awakening as a woman, she runs away with the gypsies, with whom she can leave without trying to comform to society and experience wild nature. While returning home she has a love affair with the ship's Captain, and she feels what it is like to be a woman. Back she spends time with famous poets. She later marries Shel who leaves when the wind changes, but comes back as a captain at the end of the book! Where is this part of Orlando's story?!
I believe that if the director had had much money this film would have been much much better.
Buy it, but after watching it read the book! If you love the film you will adore the book!