The Resource Meshes of the afternoon, John David Rhodes

Meshes of the afternoon, John David Rhodes

Label
Meshes of the afternoon
Title
Meshes of the afternoon
Statement of responsibility
John David Rhodes
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) is the most important film in the history of American avant-garde cinema and one of the most significant and influential films in the whole of film history. It was made by Maya Deren and her then husband Alexander Hammid in their bungalow above Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles for a mere $274.90. The artistic collaboration between Deren and Hammid - which was by all accounts harmonious - finds its distorted and unhappy reflection in the vision of the tormented female protagonist in Meshes of the Afternoon. The film's focus - through a series of intricate and interlocking dream sequences - on female experience and the domestic sphere link it to the Hollywood melodramas of the period, while its unsettling atmosphere of dread, death and doubles makes it a counter-cinematic cousin to film noir. The film has made its influence felt not only on the entire subsequent history of experimental film and video production, but also on the work of Hollywood auteurs. It is a touchstone of women's film-making, of modernist cinema and of modern art. John David Rhodes traces the film's history back into the lives of Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid, but in particular that of Deren. He places special significance on the film as a culmination of Deren's abiding interest in modernism and her intense engagement in socialist politics. Rhodes argues that while the film remains a powerful point of reference for the feminist film-makers and experimentalists who have claimed it as their birthright, it also offers itself as an example of political art in the broadest terms. In Rhodes's original study, Meshes of the Afternoon emerges as a film that is not only artistically ingenious, but also rich in historical significance and political potential
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UKMGB
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1969-
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Rhodes, John David
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PN1997.M474
LC item number
R46 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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British Film Institute
Series statement
BFI film classics
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  • Deren, Maya
  • Deren, Maya
  • Experimental films
  • Experimental films
  • Europe
Label
Meshes of the afternoon, John David Rhodes
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: 'Hollywood 1943' -- An exile -- A young socialist -- Modernist commitments -- With Dunham -- Exile in Hollywood -- Couples and doubles -- Shadow of a girl appears -- The general audience and the particular film-maker -- Reflections and shadows -- Particularly universal
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
127 pages
Isbn
9781844573776
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's copy signed by the author.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)751824062
  • (OCoLC)ocn751824062
Label
Meshes of the afternoon, John David Rhodes
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: 'Hollywood 1943' -- An exile -- A young socialist -- Modernist commitments -- With Dunham -- Exile in Hollywood -- Couples and doubles -- Shadow of a girl appears -- The general audience and the particular film-maker -- Reflections and shadows -- Particularly universal
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
127 pages
Isbn
9781844573776
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's copy signed by the author.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)751824062
  • (OCoLC)ocn751824062

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