In the Mirror of Maya Deren (2003)
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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
Jan 24, 2003 Limited
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.
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.
Martina Kudlacek's engrossing film study does a service to the film world by reminding everyone that there are filmmakers who make films as art.
Better late than never, In the Mirror of Maya Deren reminds us of what a treasure Deren was and gives us just enough of a taste to make us want more.
An absolute must for those who think themselves students of film and for the serious documentary buff.
It's the included portions of Deren's films that are the best part of In the Mirror of Maya Deren.
Kudlacek's film includes interviews with a fascinating cross-section of Deren's contemporaries, as well as generous excerpts from her films.
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