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The Brattle is excited to present this collection of shorts by one of the most innovative and influential filmmakers of the 20th century, avant-garde icon Maya Deren. While many of her films are available in sub-standard quality on other services, THE MAYA DEREN COLLECTION from KinoLorber represents one of the most complete – and highest quality – retrospectives of her work available on the internet.

Beginning with her first completed film, MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON, Deren blazed a trail as an artist fascinated by the dreamlike possibilities of filmmaking and the malleability of time and space that cinema creates. A choreographer and dancer herself, Deren's series of dance films are a surrealistic wonder with figures leaping from setting to setting in a single bound seemingly across miles of wilderness. She even seemed to predict the contemporary obsession with cat videos with her short THE PRIVATE LIFE OF A CAT. Ever evolving, her final film, DIVINE HORSEMAN, was an ethnographic study of voodoo and Haitian culture which was completed after her untimely death in 1961.

Presented as one program in chronological order of creation THE MAYA DEREN COLLECTION includes the following titles:

Meshes of the Afternoon (1943; 14 min)

At Land (1944; 15 min)

A Study in Choreography for Camera (1945; 3 min)

Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946; 15 min)

The Private Life of a Cat (1946; 29 min)

Meditation on Violence (1949; 13 min)

The Very Eye of Night (1958; 15 min)

Divine Horsemen (1947-1985; 50 min)

  • Year
  • Runtime
    153 minutes
  • Director
    Maya Deren