Meshes of the Afternoon

Maya Deren

USA, 1943
15 minutes, B&W, Sound, 4:3
Original format: 16mm film
Available formats: 16mm / BluRay / HD Digital file

Meshes of the Afternoon’s dream-like mise-en-scne, illogical narrative trajectory, fluid movement and ambient soundtrack invite a type of contemplative, perhaps even transcendental, involvement for the spectator. The film is constructed from a myriad of eyeline matches and mismatches. The use of extreme angles to imply one character looking down on the dreamer, a type of spider’s point of view, foreshadows the dreamer’s death.