2007. Germany. Ulrike Ottinger. 104 min.
Friday, November 2, 2007, 6:15 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2007. Germany. Written, directed, and photographed by Ulrike Ottinger. With Veruschka, Peter Fitz, Elfriede Jelinek. For thirty-five years Ulrike Ottinger has been at the vanguard of new German cinema. Her most recent feature, an enchanting mixture of documentary and "illusion," is a portrait of the oldest amusement park in the world, the Prater, whose world fame and historical position give extraterritorial status to this Viennese landmark. Called a "desire-machine," the Prater (from the Latin partum, or meadow—it used to be the Royal hunting grounds) is the colorful midway for dreamers, carnival workers, outcasts, and anyone seeking a little escape. In German; English subtitles. 104 min.