Limitless Cinema in Broken English

March 12, 2008

ULRIKE OTTINGER’S NEW FILM IN ARTFORUM’S LIST

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 10:29 pm

This is my comment in A Trick of Light’s Thai blog:
http://atrickofthelight.wordpress.com/

PRATER is in Chrissie Iles’ favorite film list of 2007 in the magazine ARTFORUM, December 2007. Here is what Iles said about PRATER in the magazine:

“The story of the PRATER, the oldest amusement park in the world, known as the “desire machine,” told in a dreamlike sequence of surreal illusions, through the eyes of, among others, Josef von Sternberg.”

–This is Chrissie Iles’ favorite film list of 2007 in ARTFORUM:

1.PERSEPOLIS (Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud)

2.PRATER (Ulrike Ottinger)

3.TIGERTAIL (Dan Friedman)

4.CONTROL (Anton Corbijn)

5.ALEXANDRA (Alexander Sokurov)

6.FROWNLAND (Ronald Bronstein)

7.OBSERVANDO EL CIELO (Jeanne Liotta)

8.QUARTET (Nicky Hamlyn)

9.MOVIOLA WITH “3 MINUTES OF PAINTING ON 6 MINUTES OF FILM” (Karin Schneider and Amy Granat)

10.THE MAN FROM LONDON (Bela Tarr)

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These are images of PRATER from Ottinger’s website:


Two English books on Ulrike Ottinger:

1.ULRIKE OTTINGER: IMAGE ARCHIVE
http://www.amazon.com/Ulrike-Ottinger-Archive-Catherine-David/dp/3938821159/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1205334615&sr=8-7

Information from amazon.com
“Ulrike Ottinger’s films and photographs investigate remote corners of the world, such as Mongolia and Ukraine, using both fictional and documentary means. Her associatively connected voyages meander through the peripheries of cities, countries and societies, and against that backdrop capture human splendor and misery, reality and illusion, surface and depth. Her aesthetic tends to the theatrical–literary and historical figures including Dorian Gray and Joan of Arc have been known to make appearances–and to the elaborately decorated, thanks in part to her travels and her passion for collecting. She has archives full of objects and images of all kinds, accumulated on her globetrotting jaunts, and often draws from this stock to mediate issues of gender and character, power and sexuality from many different angles”

2.ULRIKE OTTINGER: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ART CINEMA, written by Laurence A. Rickels
http://www.amazon.com/Ulrike-Ottinger-Autobiography-Art-Cinema/dp/0816653313/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1205334615&sr=8-9

This book will be available on July 4, 2008.

Information from amazon.com

“Since 1974, German filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger has created a substantial body of films that explore a world of difference defined by the tension and transfer between settled and nomadic ways of life. In many of her films, including Exile Shanghai, an experimental documentary about the Jews of Shanghai, and Joan of Arc of Mongolia, in which passengers on the Trans-Siberian Express are abducted by Mongolian bandits, she also probes the encounter with the other, whether exotic or simply unpredictable.

In Ulrike Ottinger Laurence A. Rickels offers a series of sensitive and original analyses of Ottinger’s films, as well as her more recent photographic artworks, situated within a dazzling thought experiment centered on the history of art cinema through the turn of the twenty-first century. In addition to commemorating the death of a once-vital art form, this book also affirms Ottinger’s defiantly optimistic turn toward the documentary film as a means of mediating present clashes between tradition and modernity, between the local and the global.

Widely regarded as a singular and provocative talent, Ottinger’s conspicuous absence from critical discourse is, for Rickels, symptomatic of the art cinema’s demise. Incorporating interviews he conducted with Ottinger and illustrated with stunning examples from her photographic oeuvre, this book takes up the challenges posed by Ottinger’s filmography to interrogate, ultimately, the very practice-and possibility-of art cinema today.

Laurence A. Rickels is professor of German and comparative literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the author of several books, including The Case of California, The Vampire Lectures, and the three-volume Nazi Psychoanalysis (all published by Minnesota). He is a recognized art writer whose reflections on contemporary visual art appear regularly in numerous exhibition catalogues as well as in Artforum, artUS, and Flash Art.”

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