In the Mirror of Maya Deren (2003)

In the Mirror of Maya Deren



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Maya Deren was one of the pioneering figures of avant-garde cinema in America and also a noted author, poet, anthropologist, and alternative cultural figure of the 1940s and 1950s. Born Eleanora Derenkovsky in 1917, her family fled Kiev in 1922 to avoid political and economic reprisals brought on by her father's association with Leon Trotsky. Settling in Syracuse, NY, the family shortened their name to Deren, and Eleanora developed a passionate interest in dance and literature. After receiving … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Television, Art House & International
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Written By: Martina Kudlácek
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On DVD: Jul 27, 2004
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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.

Full Review… | November 1, 2003
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review… | May 16, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review… | February 14, 2003
Boston Globe
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A long overdue documentary portrait of one of our most important avant-garde filmmakers.

February 5, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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It should please her admirers and, 40 years after her death, win her new ones.

January 24, 2003
New York Post
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Refreshingly free of postmodernist theorizing and gender-study cant.

Full Review… | January 23, 2003
New York Times
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