This is one of the most remarkable works by Maya Deren. The incredible use of fragmented time and the transition between hallucinatory reality and disturbing dreams talks about an incredible intelligent woman, very conscious of her rich backgroung as a dancer, singer, writer and the experience of a woman herself who builds her own person. This is a must see and you will not regret it.
If it wasn't for the fragmented and surreal aesthetic, I don't think this film has an abundant amount to say on the nature of relationships and suicide, or whatever it is trying to say, as that is rather subjective. But, it's not fully formed due to this indirectness, anyhow. Yet, its unhinged photography, jagged editing, and the light and dark shadow play of the lighting keep this early avant-garde film engaging.
Utilisant avec intuition et finesse, la récurrence visuelle et la démultiplication des situations et même du personnage principal, notre couple de réalisateurs élabore avec perfection un univers mental de confusion et de perturbation mais aussi les tumultes de l'inconscient et les substrats même du rêve et de ses déambulations... www.cinefiches.com
Re-rating. Proof that a $275 budget can go a long way for a 16mm short film in the 1940s. The Freudian associative imagery of the dreamscape (with its manifest and latent content) is woozy and haunting when exposited so imaginatively and with such creative limitation. Lynch (Mulholland Dr., Lost Highway), Miyazaki (Spirited Away), Cocteau (Orpheus) and Jonze/Kaufman (Being John Malkovich) all seem influenced.
An experimental masterpiece that truly captures the experience of dream in all its associative richness. The surreal imagery and circular logic are especially striking, but what raises the piece to something extraordinary is the combination of the cinematography with Deren's physicality: the grace of her movement and the way the energy of her footsteps seems to spring directly from the screen. Entrancing.
A recursive, oneiric short, (from 1943!) where the domestic objects take on an onimous and/or ungraspable form...to analyze this would be to demystify it, so i'll just tip my hat to the makers and walk on, occasionally looking back and shaking my head in awe (check out Deren's explorations of the body in movement, such as her "Meditation on Violence"...
Truly incredible - it really deserves its legendary status. One of the most memorable, dreamily surreal, and disorienting experiences even to this day. There aren't many films conveying the weird, uneasy feeling of a reoccurring dream or, perhaps, a nightmare. Beautifully shot with some impressive camerawork, choice of angles, use of shadows and reflections. Absolutely worth spending the 14 minute running time.
An impressive and imaginative film very well structured, like piece of visual music. Like a Lynch film it evokes a dream world of repetitions and duplications within a tightly choreographed structure of light, shadow and movement. Very ambitious for a ‘home movie.’ It has a particularly timeless quality. (I wish they’d blown the dust off the lens.)