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Riddles of the Sphinx

Directed by Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen

Part of And Yet She Moves: Reviewing Feminist Cinema

“Half of you will be trying to guess the riddle, and the other half of you are the riddle.” —Freud, on women

Following the landmark 1975 publication of Mulvey’s Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema, this film tackles topics of patriarchy, feminism, and motherhood through the lens of psychoanalysis. Critic B. Ruby Rich praised “the heady excitement of watching [the film], the sensuality of the color, and the somewhat hypnotic force of the Ratledge score.” 1977, video, 92 minutes.

Introduced by John Mowitt, Department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota


The series is co-organized by the Walker Art Center and the University of Minnesota.

Copresented by the Arts & Humanities Chair 2011–2013, Moving Image Studies, and the departments of English, German, Scandinavian & Dutch; and Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. Additional support provided by the Morton Zabel Fund of the Department of English.