In the Mirror of Maya Deren

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  • Summary: With this film, Martina Kudlacek has fashioned not only fascinating portrait of a groundbreaking and influential artist, but a pitch-perfect introduction to her strikingly beautiful and poetic body of work. (Zeitgeist Films)

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  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. This 2002 German documentary (in English) by Marta Kudlacek is the best portrait of an experimental filmmaker that I know.
  2. In the Mirror of Maya Deren, creatively written and directed by Martina Kudlacek, is an eloquent memorial to her unique accomplishments -- and an excellent introduction for those who have yet to discover them.
  3. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    100
    Offers a remarkable tribute to one of the few people who genuinely deserves to be known as a pioneer of filmmaking. In the genre of films about films, In the Mirror of Maya Deren is among the best.
  4. 75
    It presents a reverential and loving portrait of Deren while remaining breezy, informative and entertaining.
  5. Not only celebrates Deren's cinematic legacy but also reveals a gifted talent whose explosive temperament was at odds with the lyrical, dreamlike imagery she put on screen.
  6. Kudlácek's primary focus, however, is on Deren's work, which means we don't learn enough about her complex, fascinating personality. On the other hand, she's offering a too-rare opportunity to see substantial portions of Deren's seminal films.

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