Laura Mulvey on The Blonde
Joint ticket available with Marnie (Mon 8 Mar only)
NFT 1, Mon 8 Mar, 6.30pm
Pioneer of feminist film theory considers the darker side of Hitchcock’s blonde.
The Hitchcock blonde brings an extra perfection, polish and poise to her performance, hinting at a surface that conceals a darker 'inside'. In this talk, Laura Mulvey will move between the blondes that inspired her seminal article 'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema' and her more recent interest in Hitchcock's use of rear-projection, to consider his preoccupation with the vulnerability of both illusions: that of the blonde and that of cinema itself.
Laura Mulvey, Professor of Film and Media at Birkbeck College, a pioneering figure in the development of Anglo-American film theory, and in particular psychoanalytically-oriented feminist film studies. Whilst working as a filmmaker, Mulvey has, since the 1970s, been at the vanguard of work on the cinematic gaze, film spectatorship, melodrama and the aesthetics of the moving image.
In partnership with King’s College and the BFI .