This pathway is interested in role of the East in Orlando's journey
An interesting note from Christopher Hobbs concerning his paintings for the sets - particularly since this is the first indication I have so far found of thinking about how to represent the (mythical) "East." He expresses the need for a sense of the "exotic" for Orlando's last view of Constantinople - a view we don't get in the film. How far was there an intention to explode the 'East' from within as Sally Potter in her discussion of the film suggests of the different ideas about the time period? This seems to be a curative episode, in which perhaps it is English perceptions of their role in the East which are exploded: the need of an 'otherness' that speaks back and creates new imaginary spaces is preserved.
Uzbek musical sounds - minor key over battle scene and the dying, held over Orlando's sleep, preparing for transition and shifting into the major and "spacey" music for his change of sex - echoes of Jimmy Somerville's concluding song as falsetto angel. Contributes sense of the liminal, transitional, process over fixed identities.
Musical sounds and voice of the former Soviet East, with Orlando in Khiva. Given his disappointed love of the Russian Sasha and his disappointed poetic ambitions, it's interesting that his desire to escape to romantic foreign parts lies in this direction -- is this in Virginia Woolf's novel or a new invention?
Khiva gets me to the East with Orlando. Well perhaps not the imaginary "EAST". According to Wikipedia via Google: Khiva is a city of approximately 50,000 people located in Xorazm Province, Uzbekistan. It is the former capital of Khwarezmia and the Khanate of Khiva. Itchan Kala in Khiva was the first site in Uzbekistan to be inscribed in the World Heritage List. Wikipedia
Looking for the role of the East under search term "desert" 7 film stills appeared. Here we are in the desert as Orlando is entertained by the Khan - his toast is to "England's green and pleasant land" - quoting Blake/Parrys' "Jerusalem" - I wonder if there is a touch of irony here; Orlando and the audience positioned as the 'exotic'? This seems to be a look back from the East to the West. Orlando's foppish behaviour strengthens this perception.