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Riddles of the Sphinx (1977)

| Drama | 1977 (UK)
In this avant-garde classic, protagonist Louise deals with a change in her lifestyle in which she must learn to negotiate domestic life and motherhood.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dinah Stabb Dinah Stabb ... Louise
Merdelle Jordine Merdelle Jordine ... Maxine
Riannon Tise Riannon Tise ... Anna
Clive Merrison ... Chris
Marie Green Marie Green ... Acrobat
Paula Melbourne Paula Melbourne ... Rope Act
Crisse Trigger Crisse Trigger ... Juggler
Mary Maddox Mary Maddox ... Voice Off (voice)
Laura Mulvey Laura Mulvey ... Herself / Voice Off
Marion Dain Marion Dain
Rosalind Delmer Rosalind Delmer
Mary Dickenson Mary Dickenson
Rosamund Howe Rosamund Howe
Carole James Carole James
Claire Johnston Claire Johnston
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In this avant-garde classic, protagonist Louise deals with a change in her lifestyle in which she must learn to negotiate domestic life and motherhood.

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No Scopophilia Here
8 February 2001 | by Doctor_CSee 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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