Dorian Gray im Spiegel der Boulevardpresse
- 151 min.
- Year of Production:
- Federal Rep. Germany
- Veruschka von Lehndorff
- Production Company:
- Berlinale Section:
Frau Dr Mabuse, boss of an international media conglomerate, needs to boost circulation. She has decided to create an artificial character who will fulfil all her readers’ dreams, only to then destroy him before their very eyes. She chooses Dorian Gray. Dr Mabuse takes the rich, narcissistic dandy to the opera, where he falls in love with singer Andamana. He also cuts a dashing figure at the Press Ball, and on a journey through the underworld, with the coverage all the while earning Dr Mabuse tidy profits. But then this modern homunculus turns on his creator … Unlike her androgynous film hero, Ulrike Ottinger was definitely in attendance when “subversive aesthetics” was on the curriculum. Her futuristic media satire combines avant-garde art and triviality, underground and world cultures, video techniques and voodoo, all into a kind of world theatre, where all the hardened expectations of social and sex roles are thwarted with relish. In 1984, director Ottinger said, “for me, an emancipated society would mean that nobody would be subjected to expectations of their roles any more. Then there would be no more defamation of minorities”.
BIOGRAFIE Ulrike Ottinger
Born in Konstanz, Germany in 1942. She worked as a painter and photographer in Paris from 1962–1968. She founded the “Visuell” film
club in Konstanz in 1969, and led it until 1972; she also founded “galeriepress” art gallery
and press. She has lived in Berlin since 1973. Alongside her film work she also produces operas and theatre and is present on the international scene with photo exhibitions.
FILMOGRAFIE Ulrike Ottinger (selection)
2016 Chamissos Schatten 2012 Ulrike Ottinger - die Nomadin vom See 2011 Unter Schnee 2008 Die Koreanische Hochzeitruhe 2007 Prater 2004 12 Stühle 2002 Südostpassage 1997 Exil Shanghai 1992 Taiga. Eine Reise ins nördliche Land der Mongolen 1990 Countdown 1989 Johanna d'Arc of Mongolia 1987 Usinimage 1986 Superbia 1985 China. Die Künste 1984 Dorian Gray im Spiegel der Boulevardpresse 1981 Freak Orlando 1979 Bildnis einer Trinkerin 1977 Madame X - Eine absolute Herrscherin 1975 Die Betörung der Blauen Matrosen 1973 Berlinfieber 1973 Laokoon & Söhne