Meshes of the Afternoon

Meshes of the Afternoon

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John David Rhodes' illuminating study of Maya Deren's mesmerising shortMeshes of the Afternoon (1943) places the film in the context of European modernism and as a pivotal text for the pre- and post-War history of the cinematic avant garde. Rhodes also explores the film's use of point of view, repetition and visual more

Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 134 x 186 x 10mm | 258.55g
  • British Film Institute
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • biography
  • 184457377X
  • 9781844573776
  • 1,001,165

About John David Rhodes

JOHN DAVID RHODES ?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 more

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 Universalshow more

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, Viewfindershow more