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Im Spiegel der Maya Deren (2001)

Documentary about the life of avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren, who led the independent film movement of the 1940s.

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Miriam Arsham ...
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Stan Brakhage ...
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Rita Christiani ...
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Maya Deren ...
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Katherine Dunham ...
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Graeme Ferguson ...
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Alexander Hammid ...
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Teiji Ito ...
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Jonas Mekas ...
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André Pierre ...
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Amos Vogel ...
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Using footage from filmmaker Maya Deren's avant-garde films of the 1940s, including the seminal _Meshes of the Afternoon (1942)_, _At Land (1943)_, and _Ritual in Transfigured Time (1948)_; archival audio interviews and observances from contemporaries such as Stan Brakhage, Amos Vogel, and Jonas Mekas, the documentary provides a glimpse into the mind and life of this groundbreaking and influential artist. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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looking back on VISIONARY CREATIVE cinema
27 July 2002 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

wonderful soundtrack by john zorn

meetings/interviews with stan brakhage, jonas mekas, ... (every time a great pleasure to see them)

[besides: we need all brakhage films out on dvd!]

a lot of original film clips of maya's movies (this is the best part, especially worth mentioning is the footage from the haitian voodoo documentary, since i had never seen it before - i love it, it is accompanied with original music from maya's magnetic tapes recorded at the time of shooting in haiti. a lot of vitality, a lot of energy - you can almost feel it !

there are also a lot of original soundclips of maya's voice used in this picture (very good sound quality, it really brings her to life for all of us)

a definite must see

[so release it on dvd for repeated viewings include all of maya's movies in an uncut version on an extra disc, PLEASE !!!]


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