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Meshes of the Afternoon

Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

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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

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All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (0)

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.

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

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Maya Deren from 1943 until her death in 1961 led the avant-garde movement in cinema.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Meshes of the Afternoon

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.
July 4, 2012
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Greg S

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If you're into David Lynch, this will be right up your alley.
March 18, 2012
kenstachnik

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This is pretty good for an experimental film, but I still didn't like it.
October 13, 2010
ajv2688

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hypnotic, disturbing and beautiful. cool soundtrack
March 28, 2009
rubystevens
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