Mrs Dalloway [DVD]  [US Import]
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Translating this novel to the screen requires that it be done by those who have a strong understanding and affection for the authors and her characters. Vanessa Redgrave is clearly one of those people and she commissioned Eileen Atkins to write the script so that she could play the title character. Atkins is a Woolf scholar who not only played the author in a one-woman stage piece but also wrote "Vita and Virginia," in which she and Redgrave played Woolf and her lover Vita Sackville-West. Atkins chooses to allow us only into the inner thoughts of Mrs. Dalloway, using voice-over narration to reveal the thoughts that she would never speak out loud. Those who have read the novel might not enjoy the film more than those who have not, since there are always limitations with bringing any literary masterpiece to the screen, but they will certainly understand it more, especially the first part of the film.
A strength of this 1997 film is how easily we accept that Natascha McElhone as the young Clarissa grows up to be Vanessa Redgrave's Mrs. Dalloway.Read more ›
Adapted from the novel by Virginia Woolf, is a screen play by Eileen Atkins. A lot of the dialog is directly from the book. Of course some things have to be different just to turn the story into a movie instead of a lecture.
The story is a lot more complete and in-depth than I can reveal in a short review. However it is London, summer 1923. We take part in a day in Mrs. Clarissa Dalloway's life when she (Vanessa Redgrave) is about to have a party and meet old friends. Here through a series of flashbacks she contemplates on the choices she made in life.
On a side note, with all the different major actors in the movie one has a tendency to think "Now where have I seen him/her act before?" Luckily everyone plays his/her part so well that you soon forget the actor and empathize with the character.
The only thing that really bothered me was watching Evans (Richard Bradshaw) being dispatched in Septimus Warren Smith's (Rupert Graves) mind. They called PTSD shell-shock. I understand that it was a quite necessary part of the movie. I never had PTSD, but being surrounded by it, this came too close to home.
The movie is a wonderful experience in this time of fast speed action and flashing editing. The story with beautiful Vanessa Redgrave as Mrs Dalloway, lingers on with fine locations,houses,interiors and costumes. Also Michael Kitchen, one of my favorite actors, plays an impressive role as the now middle-aged boyfriend from their youth, who she did not marry.
A must for aficionados of screen versions of British famous novels!
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I enjoyed this film of the book by Virginia Woolf. A restrained presentation which retains the spirit of the book. Vanessa Redgrave a delight. But also read the book!Published 18 months ago by Edward
I bought this 'new' DVD in October for £21. What I got when it arrived was a disc labelled 'Daily Mail' and 'Not for resale'. Read morePublished on 9 Mar. 2014 by fabmum
Sorry for the subtitles in Spanish and not in English. But it was my fault. Too quick purchase. Be more careful next time. But everything was ok. Many thanks.Published on 9 July 2011 by Carla Battista