Margin of Sight
Riddles of the Sphinx
Directors: Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen
Cast: Dinah Stabb, Merdelle Jordine, Riannon Tise, Clive Merrison
UK, 1975, 92', DCP, color
English with Turkish subtitles
Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen’s visually accomplished and intellectually rigorous Riddles of the Sphinx is one of the most important avant-garde films to have emerged from Britain during the 1970s. The film explores issues of female representation, the place of motherhood within society and the relationship between mother and daughter. Composed of a number of discrete sections, many of which are shot as continuous circular pans, the film takes place in a range of domestic and public spaces, shot in locations which include Malcolm LeGrice’s kitchen and Stephen Dwoskin’s bedroom.
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