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Meshes of the Afternoon (1946)

A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen.

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A solitary flower on a long driveway, a key falling, a door unlocked, a knife in a loaf of bread, a phone off the hook: discordant images a woman sees as she comes home. She naps and, perhaps, dreams. She sees a hooded figure going down the driveway. The knife is on the stair, then in her bed. The hooded figure puts the flower on her bed then disappears. The woman sees it all happen again. Downstairs, she naps, this time in a chair. She awakes to see a man going upstairs with the flower. He puts it on the bed. The knife is handy. Can these dream-like sequences end happily? A mirror breaks, the man enters the house again. Will he find her? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Libary of Congress, in 1990. See more »

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When The Woman tries to open the supposedly locked door for the first time, it gives way a little (too much). See more »

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Featured in Im Spiegel der Maya Deren (2001) See more »

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What does it all mean? You decide.
5 April 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Like many of the art films, Maya Deren's "Meshes in the Afternoon" defies description as well as a numerical rating. After all, how can you rate or adequately describe something that deliberately avoids being cinematic and is meant to confuse and provoke the viewer?!

This film consists of a lot of bizarre camera-work--and Deren is the subject in most of the shots. But, it isn't until later in the film that you actually see her face--up until then, it's feet, hands and an eye that the camera shows the viewer. There also is an angel of death- like being with a mirror for a face and lots of strange camera tricks. So what does all this mean? You have to decide for yourself, though I think it's pretty clearly about alienation and death. But what do I know?!

The bottom line is that like art films, this one is strange and probably won't appeal to the average person. But, it is impressively strange and unusual--and it's worth a viewing if your are the right sort of person who appreciates avant garde films.


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