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Maya Deren – Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

I love the repetition of some scenes and the dream logic that runs through this short. Definitely one of my favourite shorts that Deren has made. The music is quite other worldly.

The words on the youtube channel are much better than mine so it goes as follows: Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) is a short experimental film directed by wife and husband team, Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid. The film’s narrative is circular, and repeats a number of psychologically symbolic images, including a flower on a long driveway, a key falling, a door unlocked, a knife in a loaf of bread, a mysterious Grim Reaper–like cloaked figure with a mirror for a face, a phone off the hook and an ocean. Through creative editing, distinct camera angles, and slow motion, the surrealist film depicts a world in which it is more and more difficult to catch reality.

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