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8.7
/10
6,449 Ratings

Meshes of the Afternoon

United States, 1943
Avant-Garde, Short, Fantasy
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  • No subtitles

Synopsis

One of the most influential avant garde films of all time, Alexander Hammid and Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon stars Deren as a woman inside of a labyrinthine nightmare, inhabited by her double as well as a mysterious cloaked figure with the face of a mirror.

Our take

A landmark short film from the godmother of the American avant-garde, Maya Deren. No other film describes the illogical mystery of dreams quite like this one—its miraculous images are potent enough to find a way into your own dreamscape.

Meshes of the Afternoon Directed by Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid

Critics reviews

It all but redefined cinema’s capacity for suggestive and imagistic storytelling through its radically intuitive editing strategies and inscrutably gothic imagery.
November 27, 2015
Images that tumble through space with a twisted geometry turn her home into a Suprematist nightmare; whimsical transformations through familiar yet still jolting special effects have a derisive, uncanny edge. Deren is one of the great screen presences; with her billowing hair and lugubrious gaze, she incarnates the eternal bohemian, rendering morbidity alluring and turning the air of idealistic purpose into a dance of seduction.
April 22, 2013
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