Saturday, April 3, 2010

Maya Deren

Inspiration time

Maya Deren was an experimental film maker most active in the 40's and 50's. The dream like quality of her work and well as her beautiful use of shadow, framing and juxtaposition is truly inspiring. Deren's work 'Meshes of the Afternoon' (1943) is said to be the first example of “the poetic psychodrama”, with it's heavy use of symbolism and rhythm, producing a haunting primitive tone to the work. 'The Very Eye of Night' (1958) was a collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School. Deren called it her 'ballet of night', an ethereal dance within a nocturnal space that focused on the spectacle rather than the narrative.

I really highly suggest you watch these short films with an open mind and a high attention span, with 'the very eye of the night' don't expect anything to happen, just look at the form and the lines and the contrast, it is beautiful.


Matias said...

Just watched the very eye... Basically wonderful. As well the music.

Aaron Billings said...

the diagonal twirling that happen about 6 minutes in is so so great

ainslee said...

i've only seen meshes of the afternoon.. i'm saving the others up to watch when i get home from work tonight.