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Riddles of the Sphinx (1977)

 |  Drama  |  1977 (UK)
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Merdelle Jordine ...
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Riannon Tise ...
Anna
Clive Merrison ...
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Marie Green ...
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Paula Melbourne ...
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Marion Dain
Rosalind Delmer
Mary Dickenson
Rosamund Howe
Carole James
Claire Johnston
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No Scopophilia Here
8 February 2001 | by (Santa Monica) – See all my reviews

Laura is one of the most famous film theorists in history and deservedly so for her "Visual Pleasures..." paper. This film is, to my mind, a direct result of her criticism. It is a critique of visual pleasure in narrative film, and man does it feel that way. Granted, I haven't seen this film for years, but I remember it as being two of the most excruciating hours of my life. Read her work, it's brilliant, but see this film at your own risk. You have to REALLY like theory to see the whole thing, if you can even find it. First try watching Peter Greenaway's "The Falls", if you enjoy that, you might be ready for the beating that is "Riddles of the Sphinx". I excluded discussing Peter Wollen just to streamline my thoughts, he's brilliant in his own right.


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