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Mulvey on Max

The summer 2009 issue of Film Quarterly (now in its fiftieth year!) is out, and in it renowned professor and film theorist Laura Mulvey presents a close reading of Max Ophuls’s The Earrings of Madame de . . . , looking at the film in terms of repetition—both thematic and with regard to those elements that Ophuls borrowed from his own earlier work—and, unsurprisingly, gender politics: the story’s “opposing iconographies of masculinity,” as played out in its two main male characters, and representation of the “inequalities of gendered power relations.” Needless to say, it’s worth a read, and you can download the article from Film Quarterly here.

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