The title character (Tilda Swinton) is shown completely nude from tresses to toes in a full-frontal display. We see her breasts and full natural pubic bush. We see no genitalia, nor anything from behind.


Orlando and Shelmerdine (Billy Zane) are in bed together in a clearly postcoital scene, both apparently nude. We see only his bared chest and her bared shoulders in this scene, but after a brief interstitial scene, we see more of her bared breasts, though her areolae and nipples remain artfully obscured.

Earlier in the movie, Orlando the young man kisses a young woman he is dating. Orlando is shown utterly astonished to see her new shape reflected in a mirror. This is a chaste nude scene.


There is a slow pan of Orlando’s nude flank, from thigh to eye, artfully showing off her female curves without showing any naughty bits. In context, it is a view Shelmerdine sees as she lies nude beside him in bed.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


No gender, no time limit, Orlando’s life lasted 400 years, maybe longer.

A novel spanning 400 years of British history, Virginia Woolf did not explain the specific time latitude in the book. But the director Sally Porter is ingenious to show each period with seven acts of drama.

From Victorian Britain in 1600 to contemporary Britain in 1990. Novels, or movies, do not tell the story of Orlando from the perspective of historical progress. In the film, Sally Porter uses seven chapters to describe Orlando’s joys and sorrows in the past 400 years. This is a film about human history. Avoiding to shoot in historical periods weakens the dominant position of men in history. History, to some extent, is the history of men and the history under the rule of patriarchal society. People, involuntarily divided into men and women, are endowed with different missions and positions. In the past history, people, as soon as they were born, needed to distinguish between sexes. The distinction between men and women also limits the different life processes of men and women. The role of human being is weakened.

Orlando, from male to female, grew up in different experiences and ended up with a neutral image. This is the inherent concept of gender limitation, discrimination and weakening of women that the author Virginia Woolf, the director Sally Porter and other feminists want to break.

Orlando’s life combines seven stages: death, love, poetry, politics, sociality, sex and rebirth. He keeps growing rather than aging.

“Death”

Orlando, a handsome young man, nestled under an oak tree, holding a paper and pen, meditating on his poetry. Whether in the novel or in the film, the first act is Orlando in nature. Orlando, with a sensitive and sad temperament, loves nature, poetry and writing. He hopes to break away from the rational society and return to the matrix, and implement the whole film, which is clearly reflected in several chapters. Compared with Orlando, who was panicked and overwhelmed in front of Queen Victoria, Orlando, lying on the grass close to the oak tree, was more confident and comfortable. When Orlando looked directly at the camera and said “that is, I”, his calm and confidence showed in his eyes. In the chapter of “death”, Orlando is a green young man. Compared with the old and exhausted Queen Elizabeth, he is young, beautiful and young. The queen also earnestly hoped that he would “not fade, not haggard, not grow old”. The end of human life is still a difficult problem for young Orlando. At the funeral, Orlando looked in a trance. Facing the inheritance of the castle, the mansion and the title, and the death of the queen, Orlando felt more confused.

“Love”

The Queen’s death means Orlando’s succession, and the successor Orlando needs a wife. In the first act of the “love” chapter, when Orlando and the British Princess turned to the camera, Orlando’s eyes showed more responsibility than human feelings. “Spouse”, before the appearance of Russian princess Sasha, was just a social convention for Orlando. When Orlando met Russian princess Sasha, his indifferent eyes turned into the hot eyes of a spring loving man, “love” came from the bottom of his heart. He was desperate to follow the Russian princess, including giving up his fiancee. When his fiancee threw him the ring, Orlando looked straight at the camera and said, “man is following his heart.”. For Orlando, it is natural to follow love, and social conventions cannot stop it. In the face of social vision and human nature, Virginia Woolf chose human nature. Orlando’s pursuit of love is very simple. When the Russian princess returned home, Orlando wanted her to stay and tell her “you’re mine.” The Russian princess asked him, “why?” Orlando thinks “because I adore you.” During this time, Orlando didn’t have much social common sense, and his actions were all from his heart.

“Poetry”

At the beginning of the poetry chapter, Orlando sat in front of the bookshelf and read poetry with emotion. Compared with the way he read poetry in front of Queen Elizabeth, Orlando had a mature and stable temperament at this time. Orlando’s enthusiasm for poetry and writing can be found from the first act, and the director alone took out “poetry” as a chapter, which shows the strong exaggeration of Virginia Woolf’s paranoia about Orlando’s love of poetry in the original text. Orlando asked a poet to teach him the skills of writing poetry. Unexpectedly, the poor poet also clings to the image of power. The sanctity and beauty of art become worthless in the established social system. Orlando also gave up this pure dream.

“Politics”

Orlando, who failed to devote himself to art, soon turned his eyes to politics. He came to Orlando, Turkey, with the good wishes of drinking in the desert, listening to music, world harmony and human Republic under the moon, but he was awakened by the reality of war. Once the foreign enemy invaded, Orlando threw himself into the war, but he immediately found the cruelty of the war to the random strangulation and extinction of individual life. This is also a typical manifestation of bloody history in a patriarchal society. Orlando fled the battlefield and finally fell asleep again after being completely disappointed with all the missions entrusted to a “man” by history. And wake up, has become a daughter. Orlando was not surprised when she found herself becoming a woman. She said, “same person, no difference at all, just different sex.”, She didn’t feel any different until she returned to her hometown and entered society.

“Social”

When she returned to England, she changed into women’s clothes and was troubled by the inconvenience brought by the bloated and cumbersome women’s clothes. The short corridor took time because of the inconvenience of clothes, which expressed the dissatisfaction and complaint of the author and director about the constraints imposed on women in ancient times from the perspective of feminism. When Orlando entered the social circle as a woman, her beauty attracted the attention of many men. However, when she talks with men, she finds that men are just constantly talking about what attractive women are in their mind, and women who are told to argue with men will lose themselves. Orlando once again looked directly at the camera as a woman, and this time her eyes were full of anger and doubt. When Henry proposed to Orlando, Orlando said the same thing to Shasa as a male. He said, “you’re mine. I adore you.” At the moment, this sentence is no longer the pursuit of love, but the command that women have always been regarded as accessories by men. Orlando refused his proposal, ran hard in the maze and came to a grass. She ran out of the maze and ran into the arms of nature again. She found her own belonging and wanted to be the bride of nature. Orlando’s identification of her female self-identity was finally established.

“Sex”

In an instant, earth shaking changes took place in the outside world. British Industrial Revolution, the big machine era of human society; During the American Civil War, human beings began to explore freedom and equality. Shelmerdine came to the world as a brand-new messenger of the times with open ideas of freedom and equality. His appearance has completely liberated Orlando’s mind. Only a man like him who has no gender discrimination and is completely different from Henry and others can complete the free, equal and happy sex life that Orlando should enjoy as a woman. Feminism can finally create a new lens language from the body, A kind of non patriarchal female discourse, Orlando is not with Schmidt. After 400 years of experience, she has slowly found herself and understood the pursuit in her heart. At the beginning, the young man has become a mature woman. This has nothing to do with gender, but human growth. She bid farewell to shelmerdine, became a newborn in the war, had a daughter, became a mother, had a career, was financially independent, rode a motorcycle freely in modern society, and no longer needed to be attached to anyone.

Orlando finally completed the exploration of “self” and gained a new life.

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