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[5] Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen Riddle of the Sphinx (1977)

Mulvey was, of course, one of Godard's most precise critics through the 'difficult' 70s, when he gave up feature film-making, and turned to TV. This classic film-essay by Mulvey and Wollen chimes with some of the prevalent intellectual themes of that time: gender, representation, and the politics of the image. The direct-address used in the film is part lecture theatre and part TV presenter. I admire it for its capacity to think through urgent concepts and of finding a form of thinking-film. It has lost none of its impact today.

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