An Anagram of Ideas on Art, Form and Film by Maya Deren

By Maya Deren

Maya Deren’s 4 sixteen mm. motion pictures have already gained massive acclaim. confident that there has been poetry within the digital camera, she defied all advertisement creation conventions and commenced to make movies with merely traditional novice apparatus. Her first, MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON (1943), was once made together with her husband Alexander Hammid, whose films–FORGOTTEN VILLAGE, main issue, HYMN OF THE international locations (Toscannini) and others–reveal additionally that devotion to the poetry of imaginative and prescient which shaped the typical floor in their collaboration. whilst different paintings claimed his time, Maya Deren went on by means of herself–conceiving, generating, directing, performing, (being not able to manage to pay for actors) photographing (when she used to be no longer within the scene) and slicing. via all of the trials of such shoe-string construction, which integrated sporting apparatus for miles to the positioning, she had purely information of one other lady, Hella Heyman, as camerawoman. but 3 extra movies have been made: AT LAND, A learn IN CHOREOGRAPHY FOR digicam (with Talley Beatty) and formality IN TRANSFIGURED TIME, therefore proving that positive movies might be made “for the cost of the lipstick in one Hollywood production.” Her heroic patience has simply been rewarded by means of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial origin Fellowship. furthermore, the attractiveness of the movies has unfold in order that functionality on the Provincetown Playhouse have been thoroughly bought out they usually have additionally been proven in faculties and museums during the country.

In this pamphlet Maya Deren’s method of movie displays now not the constrained scope of a pro craftsman, yet a large cultural background–a profound curiosity not just in esthetics as a rule and in mental perception, yet in physics and the sciences besides. Russian-born, daughter of a psychiatrist, Maya Deren attended Syracuse college, while she first took an interest in movie, and bought her B.A. from manhattan collage and her M.A. from Smith collage, either levels in literature.

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An Anagram of Ideas on Art, Form and Film

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When Billie Beat Bobbie can be seen as a paradigm of the difficulties of reconstructing ideologically contentious history in its being almost two separate films, one rather stridently presenting King as a major feminist icon, the other – more centred on Riggs – emphasising the comic grotesque aspects of a challenge match more media circus than meaningful sport or sexual politics. indb 34 15/1/14 15:03:48 THE SPORTS FILM watched where, by whom, under what conditions, with what meanings? The distinction is theoretically useful, but blurs in practice, where the separate impulses merge, so that films seemingly treating sport as pure activity cannot help touching on social meanings, while films undertaking sociological investigation can seldom resist embodying sport’s lyrical, ludic dimension.

Indb 28 15/1/14 15:03:48 THE SPORTS FILM golfing biopic, Follow the Sun: The Ben Hogan Story (1951) the period’s rigid lifestory form finds different emphases within basic patterns – rise to fame, comeback after injuries and so on. Here a novel concern is the pressured sportsman’s mental fragility, different, say, from Thorpe’s problems of racial identity, which precede his sporting life. Hogan’s psychological affliction is far from the extreme of the oedipally-incited one mentally unbalancing Jimmy Piersall in Fear Strikes Out (1957), the result of his father’s pressure on him to succeed at baseball.

In Golden Boy (Rouben Mamoulian, 1939) Joe Bonaparte is torn between talents for the ring and the violin. But in films like Rocky and Ali, and the Korean Champion/Hangui (Kyung-Taek Kwak, 2002) and Crying Fist/Jumeogi Unda (Ryu Seung-Wan, 2005) body and soul are indissoluble, the body’s activity soulful, boxing a heroic undertaking. indb 42 15/1/14 15:03:49 THE SPORTS FILM leafed metaphor for heroic, even spiritual triumph. The negative category includes The Set-Up, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Golden Boy, Champion (Mark Robson, 1949), Body and Soul, The Harder They Fall and Raging Bull.

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