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Joan of Arc of Mongolia

Joan of Arc of Mongolia

Joan of Arc of Mongolia

1989 / 165min / DCP

DIRECTOR: ULRIKE OTTINGER

Delphine Seyrig’s high-society anthropologist is traveling the Trans-Siberian railroad with a bevy of eccentric international passengers: Fassbinder star Irm Hermann’s Teuton schoolteacher, a starry-eyed young female backpacker, a Broadway star (Gillian Scalici), an all-female klezmer trio, and Micky Katz’s famed Yiddiesh tenor. They’re halted in the steppes by a detachment of Mongolian tribeswomen who take the female passengers captive. A brawny lesbian epic, a camp musical, and “a sumptuously stylized yet ardently observational film that builds its wild contrasts into its plot.”—The New Yorker