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Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

US 15m, B&W
Director: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid; Cast: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid

Meshes of the Afternoon is a short gloomy repetitive surrealist film about a woman who sees herself committing suicide in a dream which apparently becomes real. The use of repetitive images provides a confusing dreamlike state which is enhanced through unusual camera movements and bizarre imagery, including a mirror-faced grim reaper. While some understanding of this apparently feminist avant-garde low-budget film might be gained through multiple viewings, such an endeavor (without a groundhog) would arguably be for purely academic reasons (Klaus Ming November 2012).

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This entry was posted on 11/25/2012 by in 1001 List, 1940s, All and tagged .
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