In the Mirror of Maya Deren (dvd)
  • Author: Kudlacek, Martina
  • Length: 103 min
  • Pub. Year: 2004
Price: $30.00
DVD, color and b/w, 103 minutes. 2003

With In the Mirror of Maya Deren, documentary filmmaker Martina Kudlácek has fashioned not only a fascinating portrait of a groundbreaking and influential artist, but a pitch-perfect introduction to her strikingly beautiful and poetic body of work. Crowned "Fellini and Bergman wrapped in one gloriously possessed body" by the L.A. Weekly, Maya Deren is arguably the most important and innovative avant-garde filmmaker in the history of American cinema. Using locations from the Hollywood hills to Haiti, Deren made such mesmerizing films as At Land, Ritual in Transfigured Time and her masterpiece Meshes of the Afternoon. Starring Miriam Arsham, Stan Brakhage, Chao-Li Chi, Rita Christiani, Jean-Léon Destiné, Katherine Dunham, Graeme Ferguson, Alexander Hammid, Judith Malina, Jonas Mekas, Martha Mondesir, André Pierre, Amos Vogel, and Marcia Vogel. Written and directed by Martina Kudlácek. Camera Wolfgang Lehner. Editor Henry Hills. Original Music John Zorn.

Includes two rare Maya Deren film "fragments:" Witch's Cradle (1943), outtakes from a lost work starring Marcel Duchamp; and Ensemble for Somnambulists (1951), an important unpublished choreographic study for The Very Eye of Night; Stan Brakhage's hand-painted film Water for Maya (2000), a tribute to Deren that he is seen creating in the documentary; Maya Deren filmography; optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired. Zeitgeist Films

"There are few woman filmmakers who are allowed the luxury of having their work speak for them rather than personal anecdote. In the Mirror of Maya Deren manages to weave both and provide a provocative biography of the person who was most responsible for the second wave of the American film avant-garde--Moira Sullivan

Martina Kudlácek was born in 1965 in Vienna, Austria. She received an MFA degree in Documentary Film Directing at the Film and TV Academy FAMU in Prague, Czech Republic and many of her films have won awards in the Czech Republic. In the Mirror of Maya Deren, her first international success, won the Vienna Film Prize 2001 at the Viennale in Austria and Dance Screen Award for Best Documentary 2002 in Monaco.

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