Meshes of the Afternoon
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One of the most important and influential experimental films of the 20th century, Maya Deren's 18-minute feminist classic explores the interior images of a woman (played by Deren) whose daydreams restore mystery and danger to the ordinary objects of her everyday life. Deren veers away from plot to advance her view that a film should be like a poem: a deep tissue of images designed to examine a mood or startle us with the strangeness of the things around us. Using film as an artistic medium rather than as a vehicle for stars or story or action, Deren looks back toward the earlier European… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Deren is one of the great screen presences; with her billowing hair and lugubrious gaze, she incarnates the eternal bohemian, rendering morbidity alluring and turning the air of idealistic purpose into a dance of seduction."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Decades later, this avant-garde, experimental film holds up extremely well"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Maya Deren from 1943 until her death in 1961 led the avant-garde movement in cinema."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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