Maya Deren Collection (DVD)

Directed by Maya Deren

Release Year: 1943
Running Time: 208
UPC: 7 38329 24281 7
Color Type: B&W
Country: U.S.
Language: English
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Directed by Maya Deren

Maya Deren is one of the most important American experimental filmmakers of all time and Kino Classics and Re:Voir are proud to present new 2K restorations of her essential work. Along with being a filmmaker, Deren was a choreographer, dancer, film theorist, poet, lecturer and photographer, and she brings all of these disciplines together in her dreamlike and ecstatic films. Her most famous and influential is Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), co-directed with Alexander Hammid, which depicts a surrealist slippage in reality as a woman’s home becomes a shifting landscape of beauty and menace. At Land (1944) is another psychogeographical journey where Deren washes up on a beach and encounters a multiplicity of selves. Also included are four 1940s dance films (A Study in Choreography for Camera, Ritual in Transfigured Time, Meditation on Violence, and The Very Eye of Night) in which, as Deren wrote, “I have attempted to place a dancer in limitless, cinemato-graphic space.” She and Hammid put felines through a similarly intimate process in The Private Life of a Cat (1947), which foresaw the future of cat videos. A different exploration of movement occurs in Divine Horsemen (1947-1951, 1979), a remarkable hour-long montage of footage that Deren shot of Haitian Voodoo ceremonies. Stan Brakhage called Maya Deren “the mother of us all.” The history of avant-garde film is unthinkable without her.

Includes the films:

Meshes of the Afternoon

At Land

A Study in Choreography for Camera

Ritual in Transfigured Time

The Private Life of a Cat

Meditation on Violence

The Very Eye of Night

Divine Horsemen


DVD Extras Include:

Audio commentaries on Divine Horsemen, Meditation on Violence, and Ritual in Transfigured Time by film scholar Moira Jean Sullivan

Audio commentaries on At Land, Meshes of the Afternoon, and The Very Eye of Night by film curator Thomas Beard

Never-released outtakes from the original soundtrack recording sessions with Teiji Ito on Meshes of the Afternoon and The Very Eye of Night

Invocation: Maya Deren (1987, a documentary by Jo Ann Kaplan)

Alternate French audio for Divine Horsemen recorded by Raymonde Carasco

Voix-off version française enregistrée par Raymonde Carasco


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