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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.

In this edition two films by Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen are made available on DVD for the first time: RIDDLES OF THE SPHINX and AMY!

"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).

DVD infos
Language: English
Subtitles: German
Region code: Region 2
System: PAL color
Format: 4:3
Sound format: DD 2.0
Running time: 125 min + 77 min Extras
Price: 16,90 €

Funded by:

  • Logo Minister of State for Culture and the Media