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  • Maya Deren’s: “Meshes of the Afternoon”
    Carla R. Vargas Fuster
    José Rodríguez Irizarry
    Mariana Monclova
  • Maya Deren (1917-1961): “Mother of the Underground film”
    Born in 1917 in Ukraine
    Trained in dancing and poetry
    Studied literature in Columbia University
    Significant figure in the development of the “underground film”
  • Surrealism: Influence on film
    Privilege of dream over reality
    Onirism
    Elements of surprise, juxtapositions (Reality and Unconsciousness)
    Influences on cinema: Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí (Un chienandalou, L’Age d’Or)
  • Meshes Afternoon: Themes
    Dream vs Reality vs Dual Reality
    Closeness of death
    Intimacy
    Repetiveness of everyday life
    Deformation of reality
    Repression of past personalities
  • Meshes of the Afternoon: Mise-en-scene
    Settings: Outdoors, on the house, the beach
    Costume: Dark colors
    Lighting: Mostly dark
    Acting style: Dance influence; Facial expressions
  • Meshes of the Afternoon:Mise-en-scene
    Props:
    Mirror
    Key
    Knife
    Telephone
    Flower
  • Meshes of the Afternoon:Conclusion
    Symbolic title:
    a. “Meshing” of personalities
    b. Different levels of reality
    c. Significance of death
  • Meshes of the Afternoon:Questions and discussion
    How the deformation of reality is achieved?
    What is your interpretation of the film, and which elements of mise-en-scene help support your interpretation?
    Being there many possible realities, which one do you think prevails?
  • Bibliography
    Mathews, Claude, Patricia Peel and James Whittle. Film Guide to Maya Deren’s and Alexander Hammid’s “Meshes of the Afternoon”. 1975.