READ: ESSAY: "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" by Laura Mulvey
In this 1975 essay, film theorist Laura Mulvey argues that mainstream film form is based on a patriarchal unconscious which derives pleasure from voyeurism and narcissism. Although she argues from a stately feminist perspective, she seems to assume a male audience as the norm, a decidedly unfeminist method, which maintains female as other. Mulvey also advocates for another kind of cinema, something avant-garde and feminine. Given the advances in cinematic styles and methods of media generation in the 35 years since this article’s inception, I wonder if her argument is as applicable to more modern film types as it is to mainstream films of the 1930s-50s.