Notes on Marie Menken (2007)
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"Notes on Marie Menken" explores the almost forgotten story of the legendary artist Marie Menken (1909 - 1970) who became one of New York's outstanding underground experimental filmmakers of the 1940s through the1960s, inspiring artists such as Stan Brakhage, Andy Warhol, Jonas Mekas, Kenneth Anger, and Gerard Malanga. She was a probable role model of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" and ended up as a Warhol Superstar. The documentary allows a glimpse into her social and artistic struggle and radical integrity, drawing the picture of a modern myth in personal diary style. … More
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Critic Reviews for Notes on Marie Menken
...welcome effort to bring long-overdue attention to Menken's work and life.
Menken's flickering opuses about nothing more or less than walking through a garden seem to suggest that there's art all around us in the mundane -- something Kudlácek should have taken to heart.
Marie Menken may be a footnote figure, but viewers looking for another small piece of hidden cinema history will admire these Notes.
While it opens a rare window into an unconventional life, this portrait of an artist as an old woman is prone to strange distractions.
Handsome tribute is paid to the eponymous experimental filmmaker in Notes on Marie Menken.
While [director] Kudlacek lets some of the elder statesmen ramble, their recollections are a vivid, firsthand window into a bygone era of American art.
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