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Essential Deren: Collected Writings on Film

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Until now, Maya Deren's essays on the art and craft of filmmaking have not been available in a comprehensive volume equally handy for students, film enthusiasts, and scholars. Essential Deren: Collected Writings on Film contains all of Deren's essays on her own films as well as more general essays on film theory, the relation of film to dance, various technical aspects of ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published December 14th 2004 by Documentext
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"Last May I had an emergency operation; it was touch and go for a few hours there, and I came out of it with a rapidity that dazzled: one month from the date of that operation (I had to be slit from side to side) I was dancing! Then I actually realized that I was overwhelmed with the most wondrous gratitude for the marvelous persistence of the life force. In the transported exaltation of this moment, I wanted to run out into the streets and shout to everyone that death was not true! that they mu ...more
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This book is a collection of essays Deren wrote on her approach to film. This is a great book to pick up and read from time to time. Her approach to film is so simple and straight forward, yet dilligent and serious. She works very much with an 'amateur' approach and at the same time is very much interested in technique and doing whatever it takes to get the desired outcome. Great inspiration for anyone engaging in creative activities of any kind.
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"Maya Deren (April 29, 1917, Kiev – October 13, 1961, New York City), born Eleanora Derenkowsky, was an American avant-garde filmmaker and film theorist of the 1940s and 1950s. Deren was also a choreographer, dancer, poet, writer and photographer."

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