In the Mirror of Maya Deren
In the Mirror of Maya Deren (2003)

Maya Deren was one of the pioneering figures of avant-garde cinema in America and also a noted author, poet, anthropologist, and alternative cultural figure of the 1940s and 1950s. Born Eleanora Derenkovsky in 1917, her family fled Kiev in… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 24, 2003
DVD Release Date: July 27, 2004
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

A long overdue documentary portrait of one of our most important avant-garde filmmakers.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

It should please her admirers and, 40 years after her death, win her new ones.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Janice Page
Boston Globe

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.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

Refreshingly free of postmodernist theorizing and gender-study cant.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

An absolute must for those who think themselves students of film and for the serious documentary buff.

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