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Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

Not Rated | | Short, Fantasy, Mystery | 1943 (USA)
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.

Directors:

Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid (as Alexander Hamid)

Writer:

Maya Deren
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maya Deren ... The Woman
Alexander Hammid Alexander Hammid ... The Man
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Storyline

On her way back home, a solitary woman picks up a frail flower, and then, she drops her key--and when she finally enters her home--exhausted, she falls asleep in a deep and comfortable armchair. However, even in her intimate dreams, an intangible and elusive dark presence blemishes her afternoon nap--she tries to catch it; but, in vain. Now, bizarre but perfect doppelgängers of her physical self materialise in the house, catching a glimpse of a record player playing a never-ending silent tune; a telephone, and a sharp bread knife, as the already confined environment becomes more and more a maze-like purgatory. The knife thirsts for blood; the woman hungers for a way out. Can the undivided mind/matter entity escape consciousness? Written by Nick Riganas

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Short | Fantasy | Mystery

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

When The Woman tries to open the supposedly locked door for the first time, it gives way a little (too much). See more »

Alternate Versions

The original print of Meshes was completely silent (w/o music). Teiji Ito's score was added to a sound reprint in the 1950's. See more »

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Referenced in The Commune (2009) See more »

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The definition of visual poetry
25 December 2001 | by Beast-5See all my reviews

Deren's films are essentially poems set to film. She was perhaps the most enthusiastic supporter of experimental film in her time. MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON opened the door for experimental filmmakers. Deren viewed filmmaking as a ritual; like RITUAL IN TRANSFIGURED TIME,genuinely surreal images unfold,revealing poetry-the prose of the poem is different for every viewer.


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1943 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$275 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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