Mulvey on Max

Jun 23, 2009

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.