Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen are not filmmakers first and foremost; they are film theorists, critics and thinkers. Mulvey and Wollen’s texts from the 1970s set their sights on utopian and revolutionary perspectives. Mulvey emphasizes the gestures necessary for a cinematic liberation struggle, while Wollen draws on the power of fantasy and adopts cinema as a model for a new avant-garde. Both play a role in writing a manifesto for a different kind of cinema, whose militant nature is gained from radical work on (cinematic) symbolization processes.
"From a contemporary perspective, RIDDLES OF THE SPHINX is less of an attempt to destroy the codes of classical Hollywood cinema in line with its authors’ intentions than a sustained critique of this cinema using cinematic means." Winfried Pauleit
- RIDDLES OF THE SPHINX Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen, UK 1977, 92 min
- AMY! Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen, UK 1980, 33 min
Bonus material Audio commentary on RIDDLES OF THE SPHINX by Laura Mulvey (English), Video interview with Laura Mulvey (2013, English), Audio recording Q&A Berlinale Forum (1977, world premiere of RIDDLES OF THE SPHINX, German / English), 52 pages booklet (German / English).