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Riddles of the Sphinx (1977)

 -  Drama  -  1977 (UK)
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Dinah Stabb ...
Louise
Merdelle Jordine ...
Maxine
Riannon Tise ...
Anna
Clive Merrison ...
Chris
Marie Green ...
Acrobat
Paula Melbourne ...
Rope Act
Crisse Trigger ...
Juggler
Mary Maddox ...
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Laura Mulvey ...
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Marion Dain
Rosalind Delmer
Mary Dickenson
Rosamund Howe
Carole James
Claire Johnston
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the position of women in patriarchy through the prism of psychoanalysis
11 September 2010 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This film addresses the position of women in patriarchy through the prism of psychoanalysis. I love the fragmented use of text, dialog, and image, which echoes the fragmentation of unconscious thought and also subverts the usual way of filmmaking and of portraying women as sexualized objects. The film asks questions which were pertinent at the time and which still are pertinent, e.g. what issues should feminists be fighting on. It leaves these questions unanswered, instead of being a didactic film. Other parts of the film show the drudgery and mundanity of women's traditional role, subverting the idea that women might find this role 'naturally' rewarding and fulfilling. The images of the acrobats in one of the final sections are beautiful and trippy. This is an important, philosophical film.


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