The social adult as performative, a communally reinforced series of roles, like some mad pageant. At every point, some learn, some model, some oversee, some have fun. Some inhabit the moment's role with an intensity that snaps others out of whatever illusion they'd managed to cultivate. (And sometimes it's not a bad idea to use the opportunity to make a break for it.)
Like a waking dream, Ritual in Transfigured Time mixes ballet and interpretative dance with the avant-garde to great effect. Maya Deren's images float by effortlessly, mixing up film stock speeds and freeze frames to make an aesthetically pleasing montage. My favourite part was the party scene where everyone greeted each other by locking arms and spinning in a circle, then moving onto the next, meeting at the eye.
My favorite Maya Deren film. The beginning few minutes are the best ever, and with Maya doing this almost machine-like thing with her body, the motion almost becoming alien. The ony qualm I have is the party scene is a bit long, though I liked it... It's a step down from what preceeded it. It's a small complaint though. The ending image is great too.