Dorian Gray im Spiegel der Boulevardpresse (1984) AKA The Image of Dorian Gray in the Yellow Press


In Ulrike Ottinger’s contemporary reinvention of the famous morality tale, fin de siècle dandy Dorian Gray is reimagined as a drag role, played without comment on the switch by Veruschka von Lehndorff in the male lead. Ottinger’s collision of Oscar Wilde and Fritz Lang features Delphine Seyrig as one “Dr. Mabuse,” the head of a sinister multinational newspaper agency that conspires to create, control, and destroy celebrity figure Dorian Gray. The film is an odyssey through eye-popping tableaux, including a trip to an unforgettable underworld.

Director: Ulrike Ottinger. AKA The Image of Dorian Gray in the Yellow Press.
Writer: Ulrike Ottinger.
Stars: Veruschka von Lehndorff, Delphine Seyrig, Tabea Blumenschein, Toyo Tanaka, Irm Hermann, Magdalena Montezuma, Barbara Valentin.


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  1. Mark
    February 15, 2022

    Dorian Gray meets Dr Mabuse in a bonkers arthouse crossover. And in glorious HD!
    Thanks so much for this – I’ve been wanting to see it for ages.

  2. Jose
    April 7, 2022

    Thank you for this! Now I wish you’d find Ticket of No Return. I wouldn’t be the only grateful viewer, I’m sure. Thank you for all that you provide. I’ve enjoyed much and hope to enjoy much more.

  3. Victor
    December 22, 2022

    radical queer-poetic masterpiece!!

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