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MAYA DEREN: INCOMPLETE CONTROL. Sarah Keller. Columbia University Press, New York, 2014. Film and Culture Series. 304 pp. with 26 ills. ISBN 9780231162203 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 163358. Publisher's description: 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 known for her seminal film Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), a dreamlike experiment with time and symbol, looped narrative, and provocative imagery, setting the stage for groundbreaking aesthetic movements and films. Maya Deren assesses both the filmmaker's completed work and numerous unfinished projects, arguing that Deren's overarching aesthetic is founded on principles of incompletion, contingency, and openness. Combining the approaches of documentary, experimental, and creative film, Deren disrupted the subjectivity of cinema, its standards of continuity, and its dubious facility with promoting categories of realism. This retrospective celebrates the productive tensions that this artist initiated and continue to energize film.
Artist(s):Deren, Maya
Indexing: Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 163357
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