program

FILMS

Madame X - An Absolute Ruler

Madame X - O dictatoare

74 films in 13 categories
Ulrike Ottinger
West Germany
141'


1977

Original Title

Madame X - Eine Absolute Herrscherin

CATEGORY

ULRIKE OTTINGER - CINEMA WITHOUT FRONTIERS

synopsis

Ulrike Ottinger’s debut feature proposes one of the most hypnotic viewing experiences possible. Constructed in the form of an allegory, in which women from all around the world, of different ages and with various occupations, travel to a mythical place, a ship whereon a female authoritarian ruler with a generic name (Madame X) had created a community formed exclusively of women liberated from the constraints of patriarchal society, the film is representative for the director’s first experimental works. Mainly composed of choreographed scenes and carefully staged, extremely elaborate, and chromatically refined tableaux, “Madame X” is a radical feminist utopia, one with a minimal narrative, yet abundant in philosophical and cultural meanings. And it is of an intoxicating visual beauty, an aspect which is controlled by Ottinger as well (she is also the director of photography for her films), thus reminding one of the visual and expressive force of some American Underground films from the previous decade – works such as “Flaming Creatures,” directed by Jack Smith, or “Chumlum,” directed by Ron Rice -, but oftentimes outshining them in this regard. (by Andrei Rus)

* Adopted by: Film Menu

awards and festivals

Aperto 80, Biennale di Venezia

International Film Festival Rotterdam 1978
Berlin International Film Festival, Berlinale Forum 1978
Edinburgh International Film Festival 1978
Locarno International Film Festival 1978

distributor

Arsenal Berlin

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