Archive for September, 2009

This film was way ahead of its time. It is still considered one of the greatest ‘experimental’ films but its weirdness has certainly been dulled. It is mainly the editing (which is very modern) which has an otherness to it.

The story has something to do with two girls, a pregnancy, some poverty and some violence. But I can’t remember much more than that. I remember the amazing fresh feel, and the beautiful close-ups of the actors.

This all sounds like a rather half-baked analysis of what is meant to be a great film. But it is more experienced than it is remembered.

Just two more films to come. And they are both phantasmagorical.

Enjoy “Menilmontant”.


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Maya Deren made a handful of experimental films. She is undoubtedly one of the greatest female film artists of the 20th century. This is her most famous piece, “Meshes of the Afternoon”.

I first saw this last year and couldn’t quite believe what I had seen. This is dream logic at its most creepy. Watching this film is like being plonked straight into fractured deep sleep.

Even more amazing is that “Meshes” was made back in the 1940s. Wowzers! So many films post-1943 dealing with the logic of dreams (“Eternal Sunshine”) borrow heavily from this dark trip (whether they know it or not).

Deren died at the age of 44, largely a result of the drug dependancy she had developed over the years. She was also known to have had more than a passing interest in the voodoo religion, becoming a devotee during her lifetime. Spooky.

Hope you find this trippy film as fascinating as I did.

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