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19 - 26 January 2024: The Riddles of the Sphinx


The Riddles of the Sphinx
Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen, 1977, 92 min

Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen’s visually accomplished and intellectually rigorous Riddles of the Sphinx is one of the most important avant-garde films to have emerged from Britain during the 1970s. The second collaboration between Mulvey and Wollen, both of whom are recognised as seminal figures in the field of film theory, Riddles of the Sphinx explores issues of female representation, the place of motherhood within society and the relationship between mother and daughter. Composed of several discrete sections, many of which are shot as continuous circular pans, the film takes place in a range of domestic and public spaces, shot in locations which include Malcolm Le Grice’s kitchen and Stephen Dwoskin’s bedroom.

Part of our Histoire(s) du cinéma series