Mrs. Dalloway

Mrs. Dalloway

Streaming Video - 2020
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In 1923 London, socialite Clarissa Dalloway's well-planned party is overshadowed by the return of an suitor from 33 years ago. Starring Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave. Official Selection at the **Toronto International Film Festival**.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : FilmRise, 1998
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2020
Branch Call Number: STREAMING VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (streaming video file) (98 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound
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Alternative Title: Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway

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Aquincum
Aug 21, 2020

Watching this clever adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s masterpiece will never replace the reading experience. But director Marleen Gorris shows the abrupt changes in time levels and narrative strands just as skillfully as the book to provide deep psychological insights into the English urban society in 1923, five years after the end of World War I. On a June day, Clarissa Dalloway thinks back on the days of her youth and the decision she made. While her mind is constantly shifting between the past and the present, she spends the day preparing for one of her famous parties in the evening. She leaves the house, in a world-embracing mood, dressed like an exquisite work of art, light-footed like a strange bird. But her thoughts always return to the question of whether she made the right decision when she entered into a comfortable marriage with the successful politician Richard Dalloway. Her concealed depression becomes more and more obvious as time goes by, and the puzzle pieces of her past began to reveal the full picture. Her former admirer, Peter Welsh, emerges after the many years he spent in India, and Clarissa cannot help but wonder whether she could have led a much more romantic, exciting, and adventurous life if she had chosen Peter. The appearances contradict the characters’ true desires and inner struggles, and themes such as time, interruptions, and questions pf mental health influence the outcome of the day. The seemingly unconnected threads of different lives all come together, clearly reflecting the peculiarity of Woolf’s technique. Random occurrences, circumstances, and perceptions all have their place and line up in due course, like pearls on a necklace or the thoughts of Mrs. Dalloway. The stream of consciousness is depicted on the film accurately: the transitions are flowing, the scene changes are guided by the camera's gaze, the narratives, or inner eyes. The camera discreetly assumes the task of Woolf's diction, and creates a narrative without a narrator. Will the party be a success? Will the seemingly random character Septimus, who struggles with the trauma of war, fit into Mrs. Dalloway’s story? And most of all, will Mrs. Dalloway find her happiness? The film is an excellent critique of British post-war society, which, through politeness, fashions, and lavish parties, feigns the idyllic times that no longer exist. Through Mrs. Dalloway, the viewer will witness a social class drowning in its own outfit in a world that has been damaged. Recommended from age 14.

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