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Meshesoftheafternoon

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

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