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Year
1946
Runtime
4 min.
Director
Maya Deren
Genre
Short
Rating *
6.5
Votes *
1,079
Checks
633
Favs
13
Dislikes
12
Favs/checks
2.1% (1:49)
Favs/dislikes
1:1
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  2. John Milton's avatar

    John Milton

    quote:

    For this groundbreaking avant-garde film, Deren filmed dancer Talley Beatty as he performed a highly condensed dance sequence in a variety of settings, from a forest locale, to a sitting room, and finally to a sculpture-filled courtyard. Deren directed the camera as if it were a dancer, expertly using cuts, varying film speeds, and backwards motion to create a dance that could only exist on film. As Deren wrote in 1965, the dance is "so related to camera and cutting that it cannot be 'performed' as a unit anywhere but in this particular film." This work is considered one of the first major filmdances, and has influenced generations of artists and filmmakers since.
    (from UBU)

    After first viewing I thought: Hogwash.
    But watching it second time, and paying more scrutinous attention to the cuts and the fluidity of movement while changing locales, I liked it much better!
    5 years 9 months ago
  3. corchap's avatar

    corchap

    after reading @john milton's comment I watched it a second time as well. The cuts and fluidilty do stand out when attention is paid to them. 4 years 9 months ago
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