Ulrike Ottinger


    I WAS PLEASED to welcome Ulrike Ottinger to the University of California, Santa Barbara, back in October. She was appointed Regent’s Lecturer and was in attendance at the screenings of seven of her films, beginning (out of chronological sync) with Freak Orlando, 1981, and closing with the U.S. pre-premiere of her newest film, Taiga.

    Between Freak Orlando and Taiga there are still exemplary similarities that tell us something about the style or strategy of Ottinger’s work. In both the freaks movie and the Mongolian-shaman-cult film, there’s the interest in those traveling or nomadic cultures that