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Witch's Cradle (1944)

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Filmed in 1943 in Peggy Guggenheim's "Art of This Century" gallery, which was open in New York City from 1941 to 1947. See more »

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Early Maya Deren short
10 August 2015 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

As all of the filmmaker's works this is a very experimental movie. It runs for 12 minutes and is in black-and-white, also like Maya Deren's other works. She made this one relatively early in her career, during the fateful final days of World War II when Deren was still in her 20s, shortly after her probably most famous "Meshes of the Afternoon". "Witch's Cradle" did not get equally popular. One reason may be that she is not playing the lead character herself this time. The lead actress is Pajorita Matta, but she never appeared in another movie again. Marcel Duchamp, however, who plays the second biggest character has a prolific career in movies and also worked with Deren on other projects. There is no real story in this film here, it's basically a collection of impressions and camera shots who stand on their own. You have to decide for yourself if you like this idea of filmmaking. I myself do not really. Also I cannot really see the film's title in this film's action. Not recommended.


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