Madame X: An Absolute Ruler (1978)

Madame X: An Absolute Ruler (1978)
aka Madame X - Eine absolute Herrscherin
Genre: Surreal | Lesbian | Arthouse
Country: West Germany | Director: Tabea Blumenschein & Ulrike Ottinger
Language: German | Subtitles: English (Hardcoded)
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 | Length: 145mn
Dvdrip Xvid Avi - 640x480 - 23.976fps - 2.06gb

On the women's ship Orlando the flags of attack, leather, weapons, lesbian love and death are raised with a beauty which dispenses with a total domination of the viewer's gaze. The aesthetic is strictly stylized, exhibiting itself without overwhelming us.

Ulrike Ottinger has a larger body of work than almost any other lesbian filmmaker, and her rarely seen first feature contains most of the elements that make her work so unique and ahead of its time. In this extravagantly aestheticized, postmodern pirate film she appropriates the male genre for feminist allegory. Madame X — the cruel, uncrowned ruler of the China seas — promises "gold, love, and adventure" to all women who'll leave their humdrum lives behind. Gathered aboard her ship, Orlando, are a range of types: a frumpy housewife, a glamorous diva, a psychologist, a very German outdoorswoman, a bush pilot, an artist (played by Yvonne Rainer), and a "native" beauty. Their utopia devolves into betrayal and self-destruction, leading to eventual transformation—as the power games of the outside world are ritualized among the women. Tabea Blumenschein, who designed the film's outrageous costumes, appears in a dual role as the pirate queen and the ship's lovely, leather clad figurehead. Refusing conventional storytelling and realism for a rich, non-synchronous soundtrack, the film invites its audience along for an unprecedented journey that celebrates the marginal.
 Madame X: An Absolute Ruler (1978)

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5 Response to "Madame X: An Absolute Ruler (1978)"

  1. Zaphod says:

    Could you please provide uploadto.us links to this film!

    Regards, Zaphod.

    Unknown says:

    Many thanks! Do you have Jenseits von Blau (by Christoph Eichhorn) or Der letzte Schrei (with Udo Kier)?

    Could you upload full dvd of this?

    NLZ says:

    Hi, sorry I don't have it.

    Hi! Please upload this again cause link is dead!

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