Ulrike Ottinger: Berlin Trilogy
dir. Ulrike Ottinger, West Germany, 1981, DCP, German w/ English subtitles, 126 min.
In the form of a "small theater of the world," a history of the world from its beginnings to our day, including the errors, the incompetence, the thirst for power, the fear, the madness, the cruelty, and the commonplace, in a story of five episodes. – Ulrike Ottinger
Ulrike Ottinger is a prolific German filmmaker who started her visual art career in Munich and Paris working in painting, photography, and performance. After relocating to Berlin in the early 1970s, she transitioned to filmmaking. Her “Berlin Trilogy” began with Ticket of No Return (1979), followed by Freak Orlando (1981), and Dorian Gray in the Mirror of the Yellow Press (1984). Collaborating on the films were Delphine Seyrig, Magdalena Montezuma, Veruschka von Lehndorff, Eddie Constantine, and Kurt Raab, as well as the composer Peer Raben. These three films demonstrate Ottinger’s unique approach to filmmaking, drawing from her experience with performance art—merging social critique with surrealist sci-fi fantasy.