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Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

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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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27 October 2001 (Sweden)  »

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$275 (estimated)
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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 In the Mirror of Maya Deren (2002) See more »

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Feminist... I like it
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I adore this short film, I first saw it in an introduction to film class and now I take it out of the archives whenever i feel the need for that extra kick of feminist angst. The simple effects and ideas mixed together, combined with camera angels that convey the status of the people in the film and the message Maya is trying to get across, make it a beautiful piece. The score also compliments it well. I highly recommend this film to anyone looking to learn about the film making process, or just looking for something a little different to watch(there's a DVD out there with several of her shorts on it). Where politics and beauty collide.


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