Meshes of the Afternoon
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Meshes of the Afternoon is a 1943 American short experimental film directed by and starring wife-and-husband team Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid.
Why It Rocks
- The film's been acknowledged as one of the classics of avant-garde cinema.
- It's pretty reminiscent of film noir in style and multi-layered in narrative.
- The film and its symbolism requires the audience to have a sense of curiosity and patience to interpret the fragmented imagery of everyday objects (a flower and a key) and actions (walking upstairs and looking out a window) within sequences that intersperse dreams and reality to create the director's brand of "feminine poetry."
- Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid both do incredible direction and silent performances.
- The film presents rich commentaries on the duplicity of persona, self-reflexivity and the constraints of femininity as a nameless woman (played by Deren) travels through various subjective interludes.