In the Mirror of Maya Deren
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Using footage from Maya Deren's avant-garde films of the 1940s--including the seminal "Meshes of the Afternoon," "At Land" and "Ritual in Transfigured Time"--a chronicle is made of the filmmaker's extensive body of work. The documentary also includes: archival audio interviews and observances from contemporaries such as Stan Brakhage, Amos Vogel and Jonas Mekas. The film provides a glimpse into the mind and life of this groundbreaking and influential artist.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It does such a terrific job of showing us what Deren was like that it makes even the notion of a biopic about her seem unnecessary, if not ridiculous."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A long overdue documentary portrait of one of our most important avant-garde filmmakers."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Martina Kudlacek's engrossing film study does a service to the film world by reminding everyone that there are filmmakers who make films as art."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"should be required viewing for any student of film"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Kudlacek's film includes interviews with a fascinating cross-section of Deren's contemporaries, as well as generous excerpts from her films."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Not only celebrates Deren's cinematic legacy but also reveals a gifted talent whose explosive temperament was at odds with the lyrical, dreamlike imagery she put on screen."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"It should please her admirers and, 40 years after her death, win her new ones."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Better late than never, In the Mirror of Maya Deren reminds us of what a treasure Deren was and gives us just enough of a taste to make us want more."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's the included portions of Deren's films that are the best part of In the Mirror of Maya Deren."
‑ Jordan Reed, Boxoffice Magazine
"A visually and spiritually rewarding documentary."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Intimidated by the words 'avant-garde film'? Then hand yourself over, without reservation, to the skills of documentarian Martina Kudlacek and her astonishingly accessible primer, In the Mirror of Maya Deren."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"Refreshingly free of postmodernist theorizing and gender-study cant."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"An absolute must for those who think themselves students of film and for the serious documentary buff."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"A smart and moving documentary."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"A truly superb documentary on the life of pioneering avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
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