The setting with the low walls and river views is located in a private area of The Cloisters museum.The setting with the low walls and river views is located in a private area of The Cloisters museum.The setting with the low walls and river views is located in a private area of The Cloisters museum.
However, all this being said, I didn't enjoy this movie and despite its relative brevity I found myself bored after a couple of minutes. I felt this as, not being a dancer, I don't have the same fascination with the human body that Deren herself obviously had. What's more, while Kung Fu hadn't entered the pop-culture lexicon back in 1948, in the decades post-Bruce Lee and from the grandiose movies of Zhang Yimou, the balletic quality of martial arts is not such an exotic concept. Kudos for Deren for probably being the first to do so, but I was bored nonetheless. Saying this, I don't wish to sound like a complete philistine as, indeed, it was through watching Deren's own "A study in choreography for camera" that I learned to appreciate, albeit superficially, the beauty of the human form in motion. However, "A study " is only 2 minutes long compared to the 12 of "Meditation ". Furthermore, while dance would also go on to dominate "The Very Eye of Night" (1958), in this latter film Deren employs her hallmark creative editing techniques to give the appearance of a dream or hallucination whereas in "Meditation " I suspect she wished to simply use the human body as the subject and show the elegance of movement it's capable of unadorned with cinematic artifice. Admirable, and not without merit, but "Mediation on violence" stands as Deren's least satisfying film for me.
- Apr 15, 2014