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Directed by Ulrike Ottinger

West Germany 1978 147 mins. In German with English subtitles

Ulrike Ottinger’s 1978 debut follows Madame X (Tabea Blumenschein) as she heads the pirate ship Orlando with an iron fist and recruits women from all walks of life to leave behind their boring lives for a new life of adventure on the open seas. The film has occasionally been critiqued for some of its undoubtedly appropriated (and exoticised) aesthetics, however, it also presents a challenge to established ways of watching, one which is uniquely feminine.