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    Descriptioni"?Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) is the most important film in the history of American avant-garde cinema and one of the most significant and influential films in the whole of film history. It was made by Maya Deren and her then husband Alexander Hammid in their bungalow above Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles for a mere $274.90. The artistic collaboration between Deren and Hammid - which was by all accounts harmonious - finds its distorted and unhappy reflection in the vision of the tormented female protagonist in Meshes of the Afternoon. The film's focus - through a series of intricate and interlocking dream sequences - on female experience and the domestic sphere link it to the Hollywood melodramas of the period, while its unsettling atmosphere of dread, death and doubles makes it a counter-cinematic cousin to film noir. The film has made its influence felt not only on the entire subsequent history of experimental film and video production, but also on the work of Hollywood auteurs. It is a touchstone of women's film-making, of modernist cinema and of modern art. John David Rhodes traces the film's history back into the lives of Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid, but in particular that of Deren. He places special significance on the film as a culmination of Deren's abiding interest in modernism and her intense engagement in socialist politics. Rhodes argues that while the film remains a powerful point of reference for the feminist film-makers and experimentalists who have claimed it as their birthright, it also offers itself as an example of political art in the broadest terms. In Rhodes's original study, Meshes of the Afternoon emerges as a film that is not only artistically ingenious, but also rich in historical significance and political potential.


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    Title
    Meshes of the Afternoon
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John David Rhodes
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 128
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 11 mm
    Weight: 223 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781844573776
    ISBN 10: 184457377X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.6
    BIC E4L: PER
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BISAC V2.8: PER004000
    BIC subject category V2: APF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC classification: PN
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: PR
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    B&T General Subject: 221
    DC22: 791.4372
    Abridged Dewey: 791
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15880
    BISAC V2.8: PER004030, PER004040
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: C07602600
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: ATF
    Illustrations note
    89 black & white halftones
    Publisher
    British Film Institute
    Imprint name
    BFI PUBLISHING
    Publication date
    15 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    JOHN DAVID RHODES i"?is Senior Lecturer in Literature and Visual Culture at the University of Sussex. He is the author of Stupendous, Miserable City: Pasolini's Rome (2007) and the co-editor, with Brian Price, of On Michael Haneke (2010), with Laura Rascaroli, of Antonioni: Centenary Essays (2011) and, with Elena Gorfinkel, of Taking Place: Location and the Moving Image (2011). He is also the founding co-editor of the journal World Picture.
    Review quote
    'Rhodes' writing is clear, lucid and authoritative...[the book is] accessible for the uninitiated and interesting for the more experienced Deren fan.' - Kieran McGarth, Filmwerk Rhodes, in attending so generously to often neglected elements of Deren's life, with attentive archival research, pulls focus to the complex motivations of an artist for whom filmmaking became the integrated expression of the personal, poetic and political. Illustrated with stunning archival stills and weft with references to previous interpretations and to perceptions of the film as Surrealist or symbolically Freudian (both descriptions Deren resisted with forte), Rhodes' analysis is thorough and discursive, allowing a multitude of voices and divergent points of view to emerge. - Elinor Cleghorn, Viewfinder
    Table of contents
    Prologue: 'Hollywood, 1943' An Exile A Young Socialist Modernist Commitments With Dunham In Hollywood Couples, Doubles Shadow of Girl Arrives The General Audience and the Particular Filmmaker Reflections and Shadows Particularly Universal