Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

Meshes of the Afternoon

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One of the most important and influential experimental films of the 20th century, Maya Deren's 18-minute feminist classic explores the interior images of a woman (played by Deren) whose daydreams restore mystery and danger to the ordinary objects of her everyday life. Deren veers away from plot to advance her view that a film should be like a poem: a deep tissue of images designed to examine a mood or startle us with the strangeness of the things around us. Using film as an artistic medium … More

Rating: R
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Maya Deren
Runtime:

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Critic Reviews for Meshes of the Afternoon

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Deren is one of the great screen presences; with her billowing hair and lugubrious gaze, she incarnates the eternal bohemian, rendering morbidity alluring and turning the air of idealistic purpose into a dance of seduction.

Full Review… | April 22, 2013
New Yorker
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Decades later, this avant-garde, experimental film holds up extremely well

Full Review… | August 19, 2011
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Maya Deren from 1943 until her death in 1961 led the avant-garde movement in cinema.

Full Review… | May 12, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Meshes of the Afternoon

½

A woman sees a figure walking around a corner on a garden path, fumbles her key when trying to enter her apartment, sees a knife fall out of the loaf of bread it was lodged in, and then goes upstairs and takes a nap; she has a series of recurring dreams where these incidents and objects repeat themselves in new combinations, building up to a nightmarish conclusion. This mysterious and poetic riddle without a solution becomes more fascinating with each subsequent viewing.

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Greg S

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If you're into David Lynch, this will be right up your alley.

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Ken Stachnik

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This is pretty good for an experimental film, but I still didn't like it.

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Aj V

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