Maya Deren - Can't Stop the Movies
Can't Stop the Movies

Maya Deren

A spirit on the windMaya Deren (1917-1961) was a one-woman army of the early avant-garde movement.  Her films focused on the relationship between subject, camera, and space to create emotional narratives versus conventional story structures.  She experimented with editing through time in a way which would give rise to the experimental films of Stan Brakhage and the non-linear dreamscapes of David Lynch.  Collected here are Andrew's thoughts on her available films.

Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)The Witch's Cradle (1943)At Land (1944)A Study in Choreography for CameraRitual in Transfigured Time (1946)The Private Life of a Cat (1947)Meditation on Violence (1948)Ensemble for Somnambulists (1951)The Very Eye of Night (1958)