Essential Deren: Collected Writings on Film
  • Author: Deren, Maya
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Pages: 264
  • Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2"
  • Pub. Year: 2005
  • ISBN: 0-929701-65-8
  • In Stock: Yes
Price: $18.00
Winner: 2005 BOOK OF THE YEAR BRONZE AWARD -- PERFORMING ARTS

Until now, Maya Deren's essays on the art and craft of filmmaking have not been available in a comprehensive volume equally handy for students, film enthusiasts, and scholars. Essential Deren: Collected Writings on Film contains all of Deren's essays on her own films as well as more general essays on film theory, the relation of film to dance, various technical aspects of film production, the distinction between amateur and professional filmmaking, and the famous 1946 chapbook titled "An Anagram of Ideas on Art, Form and Film," which has been reset here for the first time. There are hard-to-find articles written for magazines and art journals, as well as lectures, Q&A sessions, program notes, and manifestoes. This book will be particularly welcomed by the large audience that saw Martina Kudlacek's documentary, "In the Mirror of Maya Deren," during its theatrical release in the U.S. and Europe in 2002. The importance of Maya Deren's films and writings is further evidenced by the American Film Institute having named its highest award for independent filmmaking the "Maya Deren."
Contents
Preface
Film Poetics
Amateur versus. Professional
Cinema as an Art Form
An Anagram of Ideas on Art, Form and Film
Cinematography: The Creative Use of Reality
Film Production
Creating Movies with a New Dimension: Time
Creative Cutting
Planning by Eye
Adventures in Ceative Film-Making
Film in Medias Res
A Letter
Magic is New
New Directions in Film Art
Choreography for the Camera
Ritual in Transfigured Time
Meditation on ViolenceThe Very Eye of Night
Appendix A : The Village Voice Articles
Appendix B: Manifestoes and Program Notes
Selected Bibliography
Filmography



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"Maya Deren was the first of a distinguished succession of filmmaker-theoreticians of the American avant-garde cinema which includes Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas and Hollis Frampton. She was very much an intellectual of the generation trained before the Second World War: her lucid writings address a sophisticated general readership open to arguments about the nature of cinema and its possibilities as a high art...."
--P. Adams Sitney, author of Essential Cinema
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Maya Deren pioneered American independent film-making with a series of "experimental" films from 1946 until her premature death in 1961 Among her best known film works are "Meshes of the Afternoon" and "Meditation on Violence," ...
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