Maya Deren

Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) 16mm, black and white, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal, Philosophical, Psychology & Mental Health

A large flower, the silhouette of a figure briskly walking away, a house key, a bread knife, a telephone receiver resting off the hook, and a spinning phonographic turntable define the shifting functional elements in Meshes of the Afternoon from which the film's evolving, malleable construct - the fragile and tenuously interconnected mesh of actual and perceived reality - is intriguingly (and ingenuously) mapped. A woman (Maya Deren) walking along the sidewalk near her home catches a momentary glimpse of a figure turning the corner, unlatches the front door and, after a cursory inspection of the empty household, proceeds upstairs to rest on an armchair situated by a front-view window. From this deceptively simple introductory premise, Maya Deren modulates the mise-en-scene of seemingly mundane objects to create overlapping, yet non-intersecting planes of existential reality, using permutations of recurring images - mirrored surfaces (the apparition's face, polished metal spheres, a hand mirror), glass, duality and doppelgangers - to represent variably interlocking narrative fragments of observation, inference, deduction, and memory. Unfolding with the narrative discontinuity characteristic of nouvelle roman literature (creating an idiosyncratically dissociative filmic language that also characterizes Alain Resnais' subsequent feature films, particularly Last Year at Marienbad and Je t'aime, je t'aime), the film posits a series of subtle structural, temporal, and logical mutations, creating a sublimely recursive, mind-bending meditation on the interaction between experience and memory, domestic banality and violence, imagination and causation.

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Maya Deren

Witch's Cradle, The (1943) 16mm, black and white, 12 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

The Witch's Cradle is an unfinished Maya Deren film made in the Guggenheim Gallery during a surrealist "Art of this Century" exhibit. It was assembled long after her death by staffers within the preservation department at Anthology Film Archives. ~ David Lewis, All Movie Guide

Rental: $40.00
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Maya Deren

At Land (1944) 16mm, black and white, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Philosophical, Psychology & Mental Health

At Land is another of Maya Deren's dream like films. The message which it transmits to and its main subject rests on the idea of the mutability of a personality. Maya said once that this film was made to show people the struggle to maintain the personal identity. The whole film has only 15 minutes, in which a whole life is subjectively described. It was made in the year of 1944, and Deren was the one who wrote, directed and played,the featured role in it, just like in her first movie Meshes of the Afternoon. Maya Deren is laying on the sand, and the ocean's waves are coming and going like if she had been spelled from it. This symbolic birth from the sea was particularly chosen to make us think of the role of education. She came from the sea, different from all the others who had influences and rules to follow since were born. Having the chance to find out by herself who she is and what she is doing there at that specific moment, like in a natural way maya would say, make her run. The film is all about her world exploration, her curiosity to discover what is in there, criticizing the society at that time which was not curious to know if there was any truth besides television or Hollywood. At the end, she chooses to go back to the sea after her incessant odyssey at land to find an identity.

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Maya Deren

Study In Choreography For Camera, A (1945) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

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Maya Deren

Ritual In Transfigured Time (1946) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Philosophical

In Maya Deren's Ritual in Transfigured Time we have gestures that invite us to move into step with them, abandoning the comfort of the known and giving ourselves over to so many strange partners. This silent short begins in a domestic environment, moves to a party scene, and ends with modern dance performed in an outdoor setting. The film's continuity is established by an emphasis on gesture and/or dance throughout.

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Maya Deren

Meditation On Violence (1948) 16mm, black and white, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Philosophical

Just as the actual movements of Chinese boxing are a physical statement of certain metaphysical concepts, so the film MEDITATION ON VIOLENCE is, in filmic terms, itself a statement of those same concepts, employing the physical movements as only one of the visual means.

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Maya Deren

Very Eye of Night, The (1959) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

The Very Eye of Night is filmmaker Maya Deren's last completed film. It was made from 1952 to 1955 in collaboration with choreographer Antony Tudor, but it was not released until 1959 when the musical score by Teiji Ito was added. The entire film is projected as photographed in the negative. ~ David Lewis, All Movie Guide

Rental: $60.00
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Maya Deren

Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti (1977) 16mm, DVD PAL, black and white, 54 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Ethnic / Multicultural, spiritual

Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti (1985) is a black and white documentary film about dance and possession in Haitian vodou that was shot by experimental filmmaker Maya Deren between 1947 and 1952 and edited and completed after her death. Most of the film consists of images of dancing and bodies in motion during rituals in Rada and Petro services. New Preserved print.

Rental: $200.00
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Maya Deren

Dance Films (1945-1955) DVD PAL, B/W, 47 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, dance

A STUDY IN CHOREOGRAPHY FOR THE CAMERA 1945, silent, b/w, 2 min 30 sec Choreography and dance: Talley Beatty. RITUAL IN TRANSFIGURED TIME 1945-46, silent, b/w, 16 min With Deren, Rita Christiani, Frank Westbrook, Anais Nin. MEDITATION ON VIOLENCE 1948, b/w, 13 min With Ch'ao Li Chi. Chinese flute and Haitian drum arr. Maya Deren. THE VERY EYE OF NIGHT 1952-55, b/w, 15 min Choreography: Anthony Tudor. With students of Metropolitan Opera Ballet School. Music by Teiji Ito.

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Maya Deren

Experimental Films (1943-1946) DVD PAL, B/W, 47 min

Genre: Experimental

MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON 1943 16mm 15 min AT LAND 1944 16mm 16 min RITUAL IN TRANSFIGURED TIME 1945-1946 16mm 16 min

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