In the Mirror of Maya Deren (2003)
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It does such a terrific job of showing us what Deren was like that it makes even the notion of a biopic about her seem unnecessary, if not ridiculous.
Not only celebrates Deren's cinematic legacy but also reveals a gifted talent whose explosive temperament was at odds with the lyrical, dreamlike imagery she put on screen.
Intimidated by the words 'avant-garde film'? Then hand yourself over, without reservation, to the skills of documentarian Martina Kudlacek and her astonishingly accessible primer, In the Mirror of Maya Deren.
A long overdue documentary portrait of one of our most important avant-garde filmmakers.
It should please her admirers and, 40 years after her death, win her new ones.
Audience Reviews for In the Mirror of Maya Deren
[left]In The Mirror of Maya Deren is a solid documentary about a filmmaker I never knew much about, but seeked to discover. Thanks to the insightful documentary, I discovered a female filmmaker who made films using unique techniques that are attempted today. Her vision as a filmmaker is brilliantly depicted using clips from her films, sound clips of her philosophical beliefs and experiences, as well as interviews with several people involved with her at the peak of her career. Stan Brakhage was the filmmaker that most surprised me, since he admits he was indeed influenced by Deren's style. The film works overall, but there are several moments that drag-on preaching about the filmmaker rather than going more in depth on her personality. The structure of the film is also somewhat troubling, but doesn't really hurt the film overall. Kudos to Kudlacek for really capturing the essence of Deren's views of the world and humanity. I recommend the documentary to anyone interested in female filmmakers or experimental films. Deren was one of the first experimental filmmakers who's techniques several filmmakers use today.[/left]
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