An Anagram of Ideas on Art, Form and Film

An Anagram of Ideas on Art, Form and Film

Maya Deren


Maya Deren’s 4 sixteen mm. movies have already gained enormous acclaim. confident that there has been poetry within the digicam, she defied all advertisement construction conventions and began to make motion pictures with in simple terms traditional novice gear. Her first, MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON (1943), was once made together with her husband Alexander Hammid, whose films–FORGOTTEN VILLAGE, concern, HYMN OF THE countries (Toscannini) and others–reveal additionally that devotion to the poetry of imaginative and prescient which shaped the typical floor in their collaboration. whilst different paintings claimed his time, Maya Deren went on by means of herself–conceiving, generating, directing, appearing, (being not able to manage to pay for actors) photographing (when she was once no longer within the scene) and slicing. via all of the trials of such shoe-string construction, which integrated wearing apparatus for miles to the site, she had purely counsel of one other lady, Hella Heyman, as camerawoman. but 3 extra movies have been made: AT LAND, A research IN CHOREOGRAPHY FOR digital camera (with Talley Beatty) and formality IN TRANSFIGURED TIME, hence proving that high quality movies may be made “for the cost of the lipstick in one Hollywood production.” Her heroic patience has simply been rewarded via a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial origin Fellowship. additionally, the recognition of the movies has unfold in order that functionality on the Provincetown Playhouse have been thoroughly offered out they usually have additionally been proven in schools and museums in the course of the country.

In this pamphlet Maya Deren’s method of movie displays now not the restricted scope of a pro craftsman, yet a huge cultural background–a profound curiosity not just in esthetics mostly and in mental perception, yet in physics and the sciences to boot. Russian-born, daughter of a psychiatrist, Maya Deren attended Syracuse collage, while she first took an interest in movie, and acquired her B.A. from manhattan college and her M.A. from Smith collage, either levels in literature.

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