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Meshes of the Afternoon
Experimental short film, by Maya Deren, United States, 1943.
Meshes of the Afternoon is one of the masterpieces of surrealistic cinema and American avant-garde and has become an iconic work in the world of experimental cinema. The film is characterized by a non-linear and dreamlike narrative that challenges traditional cinematic conventions. The plot revolves around a woman, played by Maya Deren herself, who experiences a series of strange and surreal events in a domestic setting. The objects and events in the film are laden with symbolism, and the film itself can be interpreted in various ways.
"Meshes of the Afternoon" is known for its innovative use of cinematography, with evocative framing and bold editing. Maya Deren uses cinema as an art form to explore the psychology and inner experiences of her character, creating a mysterious and unsettling atmosphere. The film has been influential for many subsequent filmmakers and cinematic artists, contributing to the definition of the language of experimental and avant-garde cinema. "Meshes of the Afternoon" is often studied in film courses and continues to be a reference work in the world of avant-garde and experimental cinema.