Found in: Revolt, She Said
Riddles of the Sphinx

Riddles of the Sphinx

classified U

Revolt, She Said


Please note: This was screened in Nov 2016

Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen
Dinah Stabb, Merdelle Jordine, Riannon Tise
92 mins, 1977, UK
Primary language

Neon acrobats. Gertrude Stein. Union politics and the question of childcare. Legendary feminist art and electronic music. The first on-screen mixed-race lesbian relationship. A brilliant lecture by Laura Mulvey.

Riddles of the Sphinx is the film that has, and gives, everything. A brilliant British experimental film full of dreamy images, ideas and sound, Riddles is a love letter about being a mother and a daughter, and remains one of the most revolutionary representations of how women think, feel, act and desire ever to hit the screen.

Screening with Tap and Touch Cinema (Tapp und Tastkino)
(Dir: Valie Export | Austria 1968 | 2 mins)

Born of the ‘68 revolt against modern consumer and technical society, VALIE EXPORT’s notion of ‘expanded cinema’ is performed as a feminist killjoy who challenges the public to engage with real women instead of images on screen.