Riddles of the Sphinx


In partnership with Afterall magazine, CHELSEA public programme presented ‘Riddles of the Sphinx’ (1977, 92mins).

Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen’s seminal experimental film combines first-wave feminism, film theory, film practice and psychoanalysis in a multi-layered study of a woman’s position within society seen through Oedipus’ encounter with the Sphinx. Known for its formal innovation as well as its theoretical content, ‘Riddles of the Sphinx’ was the second film made by the author of ‘Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,’

This event also featured an introduction by Laura Mulvey and a post-screening discussion.

Laura Mulvey is Professor of Film and Media Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, one of the world’s most prominent theorists of film and gender.

Image (c) Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen


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