Riddles Of The Sphinx

Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen’s second feature, made in 1977, relates a feminist parable in 13 360-degree pans. Considered a basic work by many academics, it has very little filmmaking skill or intellectual originality, but it’s so teachable that a lot of film teachers find it very useful. Like many other experimental narratives made in England during this period, it could be described as a film designed to be discussed more than seen (or heard), though it’s at least more watchable (and hearable) than Wollen and Mulvey’s previous feature, Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons. (JR)

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