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  • Summary: This documentary explores the almost forgotten story of the legendary artist Marie Menken (1909 - 1970) who became one of New York's outstanding underground experimental filmmakers of the 1940s through the1960s. The film allows a glimpse into her social and artistic struggle and radical integrity, drawing the picture of a modern myth in personal diary style. (First Run / Icarus Films) Collapse
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  1. Notes on Marie Menken shines a quavering if welcome ray of light on a largely forgotten figure in the American avant-garde film scene of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s.
  2. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    70
    Handsome tribute is paid to the eponymous experimental filmmaker in Notes on Marie Menken, the fourth feature by Austrian docu helmer Martina Kudlacek, who previously made "In the Mirror of Maya Deren."
  3. 63
    While Kudlacek lets some of the elder statesmen ramble, their recollections are a vivid, firsthand window into a bygone era of American art.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    50
    While it opens a rare window into an unconventional life, this portrait of an artist as an old woman is prone to strange distractions.