Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons, 1974, Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen
Laura Mulvey 2008 im Filmmuseum (Foto: ÖFM © Sissi Makovec)
Riddles of the Sphinx, 1977, Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen
AMY! 1980, Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen

Laura Mulvey
Retrospective and Carte Blanche

November 16, 2023 to January 8, 2024
In a comprehensive retrospective, the Film Museum honors a feminist whose importance as a filmmaker has always stood in the shadow of her prominence as a theorist. With the essay "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" (1975), Laura Mulvey laid the groundwork for a new structuralist-psychoanalytical theory of film, repairing the blind spots of the Screen theorists (McCabe, Heath, Metz). For Mulvey, our eager viewing of seamless Hollywood storytelling is originally related to patriarchal power differences: men look and women are looked at, men act (as heroes, seducers, murderers), women are an aesthetic spectacle (as adventure trophies, the seduced, victims). Mulvey did not carry out this feminist analysis empirically (as Molly Haskell did) but found an analogy in the development of human desire and voyeurism: without Schaulust (scopophilia), no (hetero)sex.
As the most-quoted essay of 20th Century cultural history, "Visual Pleasure" now stands as an obstacle in the way of Mulvey's extraordinary filmmaking, an unrivaled project implementing her feminist-political call to replace sexist viewing habits with the spectator's passionate detachment. Mulvey's feature, essay and documentary films, which she often co-directed with Peter Wollen, place the female subject in the center and are captivating for their choice of characters (mythical, real, forgotten women from history) as well as for how they are told: a deconstructive film practice ripe for exploration and research. What an exciting viewing adventure! (Andrea B. Braidt / Translation: Ted Fendt)

With Laura Mulvey in attendance from November 16 to 18, 2023
Related materials
For each series, films are listed in screening order.
Running time: 124 min
Fri, 17.11.2023 20:30
With Laura Mulvey in attendance
Tue, 26.12.2023 20:30
Running time: 121 min
Sat, 18.11.2023 18:00
Introduced by Laura Mulvey
Sat, 30.12.2023 20:30
Running time: 87 min
Sat, 18.11.2023 20:30
Introduced by Laura Mulvey
Running time: 102 min
Wed, 22.11.2023 18:00
Running time: 109 min
Thu, 23.11.2023 20:30
Piano accompaniment by Elaine Loebenstein
Fri, 05.01.2024 18:00
Piano accompaniment by Elaine Loebenstein
Running time: 115 min
Fri, 24.11.2023 20:30
Thu, 28.12.2023 20:30
Running time: 124 min
Sat, 25.11.2023 20:30
Fri, 29.12.2023 20:30
Running time: 141 min
Sun, 26.11.2023 17:30
Mon, 01.01.2024 17:30
Running time: 108 min
Thu, 30.11.2023 20:30
Mon, 08.01.2024 18:00