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Ensemble for Somnambulists (1951)

| Short | 1951 (USA)
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Frank Ionson ...
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Hannah Winner ...
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Dance and night, the early version by Deren
11 August 2015 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Ensemble for Somnambulists" is not only a bit of a word game, it is also a Maya Deren film from 1951. The fact that she was not too prolific during the 10 years before her death makes this one of her last projects. We see a night sky and we see people dancing in front of it. Deren uses lots of contrast again between black-and-white as she frequently does. This film here reminded me a lot of "The Very Eye of Night", a movie she made 6 years later. So if you enjoyed this one here, maybe check out that one. Unfortunately, I did not really enjoy it and the only really positive thing I can say here is that it was over so quickly. At 6 minutes, it's one of Deren's shortest works and more than the first minute is opening credits already. All in all, not recommended.


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