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.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

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
16mm Rental: $40.00

Willard Maas

Geography of the Body (1943) 16mm, black and white, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Body, Literature & Theater

Commentary by the British poet, George Barker. An analogical pilgrimage evokes the terrors and splendors of the human body as the undiscovered, mysterious continent. Extreme magnification increases the ambiguity of the visuals, tongue-in-cheek commentary counteracts or reinforces their sexual implications. The method is that used by the imagist-symbolist poet.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

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

DVD PAL Sale: $30.00 Individual Home-Use Only

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