Erotic Hierarchy

Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema Laura Mulvey Screen 16.3 Autumn 1975 pp. 6-18

“Use psychoanalysis to discover where and how the fascination of film is reinforced by pre-existing patterns of fascination already at work within the individual subject and the social formations that have moulded him. It takes as starting point the way film reflects, reveals and even plays on the straight, socially established interpretation of sexual difference which controls images, erotic ways of looking and spectacle.”