February 25 only
Sally Potter’s classic adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s pioneering novel, starring Tilda Swinton, in conjunction with McEvoy Foundation for the Arts’ Swinton-curated exhibition Orlando. On 35mm!
McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (MFA) presents Orlando (February 7 – May 2, 2020). Guest curated by Tilda Swinton and organized by Aperture Foundation, New York, the exhibition presents recent and commissioned photographs that call upon the central themes of Woolf’s novel; gender fluidity, limitlessness, and the deep perspective that is earned from a long life. Supported by a selection of artworks from the McEvoy Family Collection, Orlando offers a panoply of colors and tastes that seek to liberate traditions of portraiture in photography from the constructs of prescriptive gender or social norms at a moment when debates around identity and representation have reinvigorated the story’s legacy.
Orlando, a man of ideal nobility starts his search for love, poetry, a place in society and a meaning in life, in and around the court of England in the late 16th century. The blessing of eternal life from Queen Elizabeth I enables him a long and deep philosophical quest, accompanied by the features of “noble” English life with a good taste for irony. Both sides of the coin are shown when Orlando, partly fed up and disgusted with how men think and act, returns from his ambassadorship in the Far East as exactly the same person, but for his sex.
Orlando, a woman of ideal nobility continues her journey to realize the truth about life, love, and approaching one’s own sex in the late 18th century England. For one who lived four hundred years and hadn’t aged a day, finding humanity’s forgotten need for androgyny was the key to the happiness of her own as well as her daughter’s. Sally Potter’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando not only tells the story on film with brilliant visual design, but also tries to extend the plot as Woolf would have, had she lived to the end of the twentieth century.
Directed by Sally Potter, 1992. 94 mins. 35mm.
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Roxie Theater trailers play during the 30 minutes prior to showtime.
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