The Resource Maya Deren : experimental films, [director, Maya Deren]

Maya Deren : experimental films, [director, Maya Deren]

Label
Maya Deren : experimental films
Title
Maya Deren
Title remainder
experimental films
Statement of responsibility
[director, Maya Deren]
Title variation
  • Experimental films
  • Collected experimental films
Contributor
Actor
Choreographer
Cinematographer
Composer
Dancer
Editor
Film director
Film distributor
Performer
Screenwriter
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • 6 short films by surrealist Russian-American filmmaker Maya Deren, the "Mother of the trance film", that evoke and exemplify the American avant-garde film movement of the 1940s and 1950s, studying identity, movement, and freedom
  • Meshes of the afternoon: In this expressionistic "trance film," full of dramatic angles and innovative editing, a woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality
  • At land: Maya Deren washes up on the shore of the beach, and climbs up a piece of driftwood that leads to a room lit by chandeliers, and one long table filled with men and women over which, seemingly invisible, she crawls
  • A Study in choreography for camera: An exploration of a man who dances in a forest, and then seems to teleport to the inside of a house because of how continuous his movements are from one place to the next, showing a progression from nature to the confines of society, and back to nature
  • Ritual in transfigured time: In this surreal silent avant garde film Deren weaves together her interest in dance with the exploration of myth and symbol, using movement and gestural play as a metaphor for courtship, sexual union, and fear of rejection, illuminated by concepts drawn from Greek legend
  • Meditation on violence: Based on traditional training movements of the Wu-tang and Shaolin schools of Chinese boxing, Deren captures dancer Chao Li Chi performance as she experiments with film time through edited sequences altering between slow motion footage, reversed footage and doubled footage, reversing the film part way through producing a loop that returns to the first sequence
  • The very eye of night: Dancers, shown in photographic negative, perform a series of ballet moves - solos, pas de deux, larger groupings - the dancers gliding and rotating untroubled by gravity against a slowly changing starfield background
Related
Cataloging source
ZEM
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
  • Meshes of the afternoon: Choreographic collaboration by Anthony Tudor ; music by Teiji Itō
  • At land: Photographed with the assistance of Hella Hamon [sic] and Alexander Hamid [sic]
  • Ritual in transfigured time: Photographed by Hella Heyman ; choreographic collaboration, Frank Westbrook
  • Meditation on Violence: Music arranged by Maya Deren
  • The very eye of night: Made in collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School students under the direction of Antony Tudor ; music by Teiji Itō
Intended audience
MPAA rating: Not rated
Language note
English audio
LC call number
PN1995.9.E96
LC item number
M39 2002
PerformerNote
  • Meshes of the afternoon: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid
  • At land: Maya Deren, John Cage, Parker Tyler, Alexander Hammid, Hella Heyman
  • A study in choreography for camera: Talley Beatty
  • Ritual in transfigured time: Maya Deren, Rita Christiani, Anaïs Nin, Frank Westbrook, Gore Vidal
  • Meditation on violence: Chao Li Chi
  • The very eye of night: Metropolitan Opera Ballet School students: Don Freisinger, Richard Sandifer, Patricia Ferrier, Bud Bready, Genaro Gomez, Barbara Levin, Richard Englund, Rosemary Williams, Phillip Salem
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1927-2010
  • 1931-1991
  • 1903-1977
  • 1925-2012
  • 1908-1987
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Deren, Maya
  • Hammid, Alexander
  • Heyman, Hilla
  • Beatty, Talley
  • Cage, John
  • Chi, Chao-Li
  • Christiani, Rita
  • Englund, Richard
  • Gomez, Genaro
  • Nin, Anaïs
  • Tyler, Parker
  • Vidal, Gore
  • Westbrook, Frank
  • Tudor, Antony
  • Itō, Teiji
  • Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.)
  • Mystic Fire Video, Inc
Runtime
76
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Deren, Maya
  • Deren, Maya
  • Avant-garde (Aesthetics)
  • Dreams
  • Doppelgängers
  • Dance
  • Martial arts
  • Films expérimentaux
  • Avant-garde (Aesthetics)
  • Dance
  • Doppelgängers
  • Dreams
  • Martial arts
Technique
live action
Label
Maya Deren : experimental films, [director, Maya Deren]
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Collective title from disc menu
  • Individual titles from features
  • Originally produced as a series of motion pictures from 1943-1959
  • Special features: "Private life of a cat" experimental short by Alexander Hammid (22 min.); "Divine horseman" excerpt (8 min.); biography; bibliography; picture gallery; "Writings" biographical diary notes by Anais Nin; "Writings" comments by Le Corbusier; "Notes and quotes" text comments for each work
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
  • vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Ritual in transfigured time
  • (1945-46, si., 15 min.)
  • by Maya Deren
  • Meditation on violence
  • (1948, sd., 12 min.)
  • a film by Maya Deren
  • The very eye of night
  • (1952-59, sd., 15 min.)
  • a choreography for camera by Maya Deren ; conceived, directed, filmed and edited by Maya Deren
  • Meshes of the afternoon
  • (1943-59, sd., 14 min.)
  • a film by Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid
  • At land
  • (1944, si., 15 min.)
  • A study in choreography for camera
  • (1945, si., 4 min.)
  • by Maya Deren and Talley Beatty
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Edition
Authorized ed.
Extent
1 videodisc (76 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
  • 880198037794
  • 00880198037794
Other physical details
sound, and si., black and white
Publisher number
76493
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (OCoLC)50924793
  • (OCoLC)ocm50924793
System details
DVD
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Maya Deren : experimental films, [director, Maya Deren]
Publication
Note
  • Collective title from disc menu
  • Individual titles from features
  • Originally produced as a series of motion pictures from 1943-1959
  • Special features: "Private life of a cat" experimental short by Alexander Hammid (22 min.); "Divine horseman" excerpt (8 min.); biography; bibliography; picture gallery; "Writings" biographical diary notes by Anais Nin; "Writings" comments by Le Corbusier; "Notes and quotes" text comments for each work
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
  • vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Ritual in transfigured time
  • (1945-46, si., 15 min.)
  • by Maya Deren
  • Meditation on violence
  • (1948, sd., 12 min.)
  • a film by Maya Deren
  • The very eye of night
  • (1952-59, sd., 15 min.)
  • a choreography for camera by Maya Deren ; conceived, directed, filmed and edited by Maya Deren
  • Meshes of the afternoon
  • (1943-59, sd., 14 min.)
  • a film by Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid
  • At land
  • (1944, si., 15 min.)
  • A study in choreography for camera
  • (1945, si., 4 min.)
  • by Maya Deren and Talley Beatty
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Edition
Authorized ed.
Extent
1 videodisc (76 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
  • 880198037794
  • 00880198037794
Other physical details
sound, and si., black and white
Publisher number
76493
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (OCoLC)50924793
  • (OCoLC)ocm50924793
System details
DVD
Video recording format
DVD

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