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Maya Deren: Incomplete Control

Sarah Keller


Maya Deren (1917–1961) was a Russian-born American filmmaker, theorist, poet, and photographer working at the forefront of the American avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. Influenced by Jean Cocteau and Marcel Duchamp, she is best known for her seminal film Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), a dream-like experiment with time and symbol, looped narrative and provocative imagery, setting the stage for the twentieth-century's groundbreaking aesthetic movements and films. This book assesses both the filmmaker's completed work and her numerous unfinished projects, arguing Deren's overarching aesthetic ... More

Keywords: Maya Deren, avant-garde, Jean Cocteau, Marcel Duchamp, documentary, creative film, cinema, continuity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231162210
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231162210.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Keller, author
Colby College

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