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Still Moving: Dorian Gray in the Mirror of the Yellow Press, 1984

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STILL MOVING: SCREENING PROGRAMME

To accompany the exhibition Still Moving: The films and photographs of Ulrike Ottinger, The Hunterian presents a mini-retrospective of Ottinger’s feature-length film works.

Running throughout the three weeks of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, this programme is a rare chance to see these influential, genre-crossing, visually stunning films in cinema screenings.

The programme begins with the so-called ‘Berlin Trilogy,’ which uses that iconic cityscape as a setting for transgressive, satirical explorations of individual identity, world history, and modern media. It also includes works from the late 1980s to the present which focus on cross-cultural encounters and which fuse ethnographic documentary with fantastical or mythological narratives.

Dorian Gray in the Mirror of the Yellow Press (1984, 150 mins. German with English subtitles)

Our organization will create a human being
whom we can shape and manipulate according to our needs.
Dorian Gray: young, rich and handsome. We will make him, seduce him and break him.
(Excerpt from the script)

Like Freak Orlando, the third of the ‘Berlin Trilogy’ brings together two iconic modern works. Here the points of departure are Oscar Wilde’s ageless libertine hero Dorian Gray, and the demonic anti-hero Dr Mabuse (protagonist of three films made by Fritz Lang from the 1920s to the 1960s). Ottinger reworks these characters in significant ways, with Dorian portrayed androgynously by actress, model and artist Veruschka von Lehndorff, and Mabuse played by Delphine Seyrig as a media mogul set on world domination. This narrative is inter-cut with an opera relating the Spanish conquest of the Canary Islands, creating a parallel account of power and appropriation. Dorian Gray in the Mirror of the Yellow Press is dystopian fairy tale reflecting on the power of media images, and shot through with Ottinger’s trademark visual inventiveness and wit.

Presented in association with ‘Filming Ruins’, organised by Dr Dominic Paterson and supported by The Chancellor’s Fund, University of Glasgow.

Buy a Season Ticket to all screenings.

For information on more events around the Ulrike Ottinger exhibition, see Mobilisations, a programme by students of the Masters in Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) course.

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