Visual Pleasure at 40: Laura Mulvey in discussion (Extract) | BFI

Academic-filmmaker Laura Mulvey discusses her groundbreaking essay ‘Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema’, published 40 years ago in 1975. Filmmakers Joanna Hogg and Isaac Julien join academics John David Rhodes, Tamar Garb, Mandy Merck and Emma Wilson to celebrate this “feminist manifesto”, a product of the politics of its time but one which remains an inspiration today.

The discussion was part of the BFI’s Cinema Reborn. Radical Film from the 70s season in April 2015.

On reaction from the conference please read Sophie Monks Kaufman’s The Timeless Pleasure of Laura Mulvey in Little White Lies, where she asks – can Laura Mulvey’s seminal feminist essay tell us anything new about gender politics in cinema?

And Benedict Morrison’s Galvanising the Humanities in The Oxonian Review.


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