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"Mrs. Dalloway"

Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?….”I am George I am” to paraphrase Martha from the play of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?”  Obviously not these two women Marleen Gorris and adapter Eileen Atkins. The fact that they have a very high powered talent, that  of Vanessa Redgrave as Mrs. Dalloway is such a plus for them.

The audience is forced to embrace the flashback theories of a youthful cast portraying the older counterparts and this maybe where Gorris and Atkins get their come-uppence, the fact the youthful counterparts sometimes do not match the vibrant older characters leave a great deal for audience confusion. You have to remember that Marleen Gorris received an Academy Award for best foreign film, “Antonia’s Line”, where that movie was so earthy, this one is rich in the fabrics of London High Society.  Woolf  has always been difficult to bring to the screen, mostly because she has great psychological concerns rather than  a customary story line. That is why we liked her in the first place that as a woman in her time, she found it more interesting to deal with characterizations. The broad hints of lesbianism for her time were shocking, but rather right in the telling.

Vanessa Redgrave is an actress to be treasured in whatever she undertakes. Her luminosity in “Mrs. Dalloway” is certainly reason enough to see this film.  The work of the talented cast cannot be overlooked, even thought it is overshadowed by Redgrave’s excellence, Natascha McElhone as the young Clarissa, Rupert Graves as the shell-shocked soldier that cannot forget the “War to end all wars”, his tragedy is never as strongly felt as it should have been, Lena Headey as her best friend delineates a very difficult relationship.  You have to respect and regard with beauty a time when our anxieties seemed monumental and our etiquette really stiffed upper-lip.

Mrs. Dallowy
First Line Pictures
Produced by: Lisa Katselas Pare, Stephen Bayly
Directed by: Marleen Gorris
With: Vanessa Redgrave, Natascha McElhone, Rupert Graves, Michael Kitchen, Alan Cox, Lena Headey, Amelia Bullmore
Director of photography: Sue Gibson
Production design by: Dacid Richens
Costume design by: Judy Pepperdine
Music by: Ilona Sekacz
Edited by: Michael Reichmein
Associate Producer: Paul Frift
Executive producers: Chris J. Ball, William Tyrer, Simon Curtis, Bill Shepherd
Co-producer: Hans De Weers
Screenplay: Eileen Atkins
Based on the nove by Virginia Woolf
Rated: PG-13

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Original Date Wednesday 4 March 1998
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