Dancers, shown in photographic negative, perform a series of ballet moves, solos, pas de deux, larger groupings. The dancers glide and rotate untroubled by gravity against a slowly changing... See full summary »
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.
A pulsing, kaleidoscope of images set to an energetic soundtrack. A young women swings in a garden; a woman's face smiles. The rest is spinning cylinders, pistons, gears and turbines, ... See full summary »
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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