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Riddles of the Sphinx (Dual Format Edition) Riddles of the Sphinx (Dual Format Edition)

One of the most important avant-garde films to have emerged from Britain during the 1970s. Released 23 September.


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One of the most important avant-garde films to have emerged from Britain during the 1970s. Released 23 September.


Book tickets for Theory and Practice: Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons here

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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 second collaboration between Mulvey and Wollen, both of whom are recognised as seminal figures in the field of film theory, Riddles of the Sphinx 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.

The film’s ground-breaking electronic score, by The Soft Machine’s Mike Ratledge, was composed on synthesisers which were developed in collaboration with Denys Irving (the man behind the mysterious and controversial 1970s band Lucifer).

Newly mastered to High Definition, this extraordinary, era-defining work is presented here with a wealth of essential bonus material, including a newly-recorded feature-length commentary by Laura Mulvey, Mulvey and Wollen’s film Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons (1974), and a video interview with Laura Mulvey in conversation with the University of Breman’s Winfried Pauleit. Also included is an extensive booklet with new essays and complete film credits.

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 second collaboration between Mulvey and Wollen, both of whom are recognised as seminal figures in the field of film theory, Riddles of the Sphinx 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.

The film’s ground-breaking electronic score, by The Soft Machine’s Mike Ratledge, was composed on synthesisers which were developed in collaboration with Denys Irving (the man behind the mysterious and controversial 1970s band Lucifer).

Newly mastered to High Definition, this extraordinary, era-defining work is presented here with a wealth of essential bonus material, including a newly-recorded feature-length commentary by Laura Mulvey, Mulvey and Wollen’s film Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons (1974), and a video interview with Laura Mulvey in conversation with the University of Breman’s Winfried Pauleit. Also included is an extensive booklet with new essays and complete film credits.

Extras

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Mastered to High Definition from materials preserved at the BFI National Archive
  • Newly recorded feature-length audio commentary with director Laura Mulvey and academic Winfried Pauleit
  • Laura Mulvey in Conversation (2013, 15 mins): the filmmaker and academic discusses Riddles of the Sphinx
  • Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons (Peter Wollen and Laura Mulvey, 1974, 98 mins): trail-blazing avant-garde film exploring the image of the Amazonian woman in myth
  • Fully illustrated booklet featuring new essays by Sophie Mayer, Laura Mulvey, Rob Young, and complete film credits

Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU 5035673011768
Catalogue Number BFIVD982
Subtitle A film by Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen
Product contents
  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition.
  • Mastered to High Definition from materials preserved at the BFI National Archive.
  • Newly recorded Laura Mulvey audio commentary.
  • Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazon
Year 1977
Director Mulvey, Laura; Wollen, Peter
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Countries United Kingdom
Colour Colour
Sound Sound
Running time 92
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate U

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