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A Question of Silence and Riddles of the Sphinx

February 19, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 10:15 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive presents What a Difference: Women and Film in the 1970s and 1980s

A Question of Silence (Netherlands, 1982)
(De Stilte Rond Christine M.)
Directed by Marleen Gorris

Three women — strangers to each other — spontaneously murder the male owner of a clothing store triggering an unsettling, psychological police procedural that leads a criminal psychiatrist to challenge the exclusionary, patriarchal foundations of the Dutch justice system.

Dir. Marleen Gorris. Production: Sigma Films. Producer: Matthijs van Heijningen. Screenwriter: M. Gorris. Cinematographer: Frans Bromet. Editor: Hans van Dongen. Composer: Lodewijk de Boer, Martijn Hasebos. With: Edda Barends, Nelly Frijda, Henriette Tol

35mm, color, in Dutch w/ English subtitles, 96 min.

Followed by:

Riddles of the Sphinx (UK, 1977)
Directed by Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen

Mulvey and Wollen’s landmark essay film brings radical theory and radical form to bear on a political, psychoanalytical explication of female subjectivity represented by a single mother struggling with work, child-care and personal fulfillment.

Dir. Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen. Production: British Film Institute Production Board. Distribution: Women Make Movies. Producer/Screenwriter: L. Mulvey; P. Wollen. Cinematographer: Diane Tammes. Editor: Carola Klein; Larry Sider. Composer: Mike Ratledge. With: Dinah Stabb, Merdel Jordine, Rhiannon Tise, Clive Merrison, Marie Green

Blu-ray, color, 92 min.

Preceded by:

Healthcaring From Our End of the Speculum (1976)
Directed by Denise Bostrom, Jane Warrenbrand

DVD, color, 32 min.

FREE admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.



February 19, 2017
7:00 PM - 10:15 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States