maya deren !!

Whatever it spells in the best movies of the decade post below, my best cinema experience this year was discovering Maya Deren, ain’t no doubt about it! I’d been reading about her since the eighties and had been longing to see her work on celluloid, in a retrospective, but somehow that didn’t happen for me until last Summer at the (nicely renovated) Brussels Cinematek – after which I duely raved about her to a # of friends. Because, what rhythm, what cleverness, what crafty layering! And “storywise” always spot on according to dream and desire logics. Mrs. Deren may not have been first generation surrealist, but even so she was well ahead of her time, check for instance At land(1944) or, indeed, the “choreographic collaboration with Frank Westbrook and Rita Christiani, featuring Anaïs Nin and Gore Vidal” from 4’30” to 8’20” in the clip above (from “Ritual in transfigured time”, 1946) … Makes you wonder if she’d influenced Pina Bausch (do check Chantal Akerman’s marvellous 1983 documentary Un jour Pina a demandéthis Tuesday, 2009-12-22, 21:15, au Flagey). For more on Maya Deren:


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