Dorian Gray in the Mirror of the Yellow Press

  • Germany
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The final installment in Ulrike Ottinger’s Berlin Trilogy (following TICKET OF NO RETURN and FREAK ORLANDO) casts Delphine Seyrig as the nefarious Fritz Lang supervillain Dr. Mabuse, here the head of a powerful media empire that seeks to create headlines by manufacturing (and then publicly destroying) its own celebrity: the wealthy, handsome playboy Dorian Gray (played by supermodel Veruschka in drag). Ottinger’s outré aesthetic is on eye-popping display in this satiric commentary on media manipulation and celebrity culture.


  • Original title
    Dorian Gray im Spiegel der Boulevardpresse
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Ulrike Ottinger
  • Cast
    Veruschka von Lehndorff, Delphine Seyrig, Tabea Blumenschein, Irm Hermann, Magdalena Montezuma, Barbara Valentin, Toyo Tanaka
  • DOP
    Ulrike Ottinger
  • Editing
    Eva Schlensag
  • Music
    Peer Raben
  • Sound
    Martin Steyer
  • Duration
    150 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Berlin International Film Festival 1984
    • Edinburgh International Film Festival 1984
    • Doclisboa International Film Festival 2021
    • Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2013 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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