RIDDLES OF THE SPHINX
Directors: Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen
Starring: Dinah Stabb, Merdel Jordine, Rhiannon Tise. UK 1977. 92 mins.
Disaster Film Club is a night dedicated to films with exceptional soundtracks. Our fourth edition and Scalarama #DirectedbyWomen special presents Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen’s RIDDLES OF THE SPHINX, one of the most important avant-garde British films of the 1970s. The second collaboration between Mulvey and Wollen, both of whom are key figures in the field of film theory, their visually accomplished and intellectually rigorous masterpiece explores issues of female representation, the place of motherhood within society and the relationship between mother and daughter.
Comprising a number of discrete sections, many of which are shot as continuous circular pans, this sui generis work 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 picture’s groundbreaking electronic score was composed by The Soft Machine’s Mike Ratledge, on synthesizers developed in collaboration with the mysterious and controversial band Lucifer. Disaster Film Club DJs will be spinning a suitably hypnotic set before this extremely rare screening.
Doors 7.30pm, music from 8pm. Screening starts 9pm.