Marie Menkevicius (25 May 1909 in New York City, New York – 29 December 1970) was an American experimental filmmaker and socialite.
The daughter of Catholic-Lithuanian immigrants, she grew up in Brooklyn. In 1931 she met and married Willard Maas, a professor of literature at Wagner College in Staten Island. It was a rocky and unstable marriage.
Maas, a verbally abusive husband who was jealous of Marie’s popularity and acceptance as an artist, as his own was in decline, has also been identified by Gerard Malanga to have been the off-camera presence performing fellatio on DeVeren Bookwalter in the 1964 Andy Warhol experimental film Blow Job, although a different version of this (thought by many to be unreliable) appears in the 1980 Warhol memoir Popism: The Warhol Sixties.
The strongest bond that held Maas and Menken together (besides their friends in common) was their “wild parties”, and “wild fights”, fortified by the consumption of drugs washed down by distilled… read more
Most movies of this sort take it slow and delight in the subtle movement of still objects and lightplay/color over it. Marie Menken uses some expert graphic matching and rushes along in cinematography and editing, keeping a beat with the birdsong soundtrack. Ultimately the movie ends up feeling something like the experience from a bird's perspective, though from a rote standpoint it is glimpses, not views, of garden.