MAYA DEREN: EXPERIMENTAL FILMS

"She is the mother of us all."

– Stan Brakhage

Maya Deren was one of the most pre-eminent avant-garde filmmakers of the 20th century; her first film MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON (1943), is the most renown experimental film throughout all of film history. She became known as a major proponent of the “trance” film, and her movies are a transitional link between the European avant-garde films of the 1920’s (see, for example, CINÉMA DADA and SURREALISM AND EXPERIMENTS IN BELGIUM CINEMA), and the American avant-garde films of Kenneth Anger, Gregory Markopoulos, Stan Brakhage and others. Deren was also a poet and developed an interested in modern dance (see also MAYA DEREN: DANCE FILMS). In her experimental films, she also collaborated with other artists, who appeared in her films, including poet Anaïs Nin, musician John Cage, dancer Frank Westbrook, and her filmmaker-husband, Alexander Hammid.

 
MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON

MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON

"The cinema of Maya Deren delivers us from the studios: it presents our eyes with physical facts which contain profound psychological meaning; it beats out within our hearts or upon our hearts a time which alternates, continues, revolves, pounds, or flies away.... One escapes from the stupidity of make-believe. One is in the reality of the cinematic fact, captured by Maya Deren at that point where the lens cooperates as a prodigious discoverer."

- Le Corbusier, 1945

 
Rita Christiani and Frank Westbrook in RITUAL IN TRANSFIGURED TIME

Rita Christiani and Frank Westbrook in RITUAL IN TRANSFIGURED TIME

Maya Deren in AT LAND

Maya Deren in AT LAND

 
 
 

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MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON
(US, 1943)

Director: Maya Deren & Alexander Hammid
Music: Teiji Ito (1959)
With: Maya Deren & Alexander Hammid

• 15 minutes
• 16mm
• B&W
• Sound

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AT LAND
(US, 1944)

Director: Maya Deren
With: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid, Hella Heyman & John Cage

• 16 minutes
• 16mm
• B&W
• Silent

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RITUAL IN TRANSFIGURED TIME
(US, 1945–1946)

Director: Maya Deren
With: Maya Deren, Rita Christiani, Frank Westbrook & Anaïs Nin

• 16 minutes
• 16mm
• B&W
• Silent

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Total Running Time: 00:47:00

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