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 »
The surrealist film shows repetitive imagery involving a string fashioned in a bizarre, almost spiderweb-like pattern over the hands of several individuals, most notably an unnamed young woman and an elderly gentleman.
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.
Four young men and a young woman sit in boredom. She smokes while one strums a lute, one looks at a magazine, and two fiddle with string. The door opens and in comes a young man, cigarette ... See full summary »
"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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