Freak Orlando

Film - Feature | March 16 | 5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A cross-breeding, time-skipping fantasy with outrageous masquerade, Ottinger’s five garishly costumed tales recount a history of the world involving the Spanish Inquisition, traveling entertainers, Greek mythology, assorted bodily oddities, and general carnivalesque intrigue. The formidable Magdalena Montezuma stars as the intrepid traveler in all the shapeshifting and gender-bending tales. Reworking Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Tod Browning’s Freaks, feminist pioneer Ottinger invents a colorful, boundary-busting theater of human difference and transformation. This very rarely screened film also features Delphine Seyrig, Eddie Constantine, and Jackie Raynal.

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