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Avant-garde Films

October 18th, 2018

While experimental films are meant to not be categorized into genres, having sub-genres of the larger avant-garde genre makes it easier to grasp the purpose of each film.

Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon creates an impossible and frustrating portrayal of a dream, fitting it in to the surrealist sub-genre. The repetition of scenes and motifs creates a scary dark hole of dreaming in which there doesn’t seem to be a way out. The mirror is used a lot to block faces as well as create faces to be destroyed. The eye is also a motif that is shown several times in an extreme close up in order to cast a light on the disorient nature of the circumstances. As the women falls asleep from one dream like reality she is met with other versions of herself doing the exact same thing, only this time, the image of her sleeping is also in the dream. I think this is very relatable to dreams because of the uncontrollable aspect and the weird things that happen.

Talena Sander’s Liahona fits into the category of essay film seamlessly. While it has aspects of other types of genres, it so clearly proves the authors point of why she is leaving the Mormon church. I think her story compelling is very compelling. Her use of what I came to believe is found film and other found items like letters or stories creates a story that is so clear and interesting. The section of facts about Utahans made the point she was trying to make very clear. The correlation between problems in Utah to the Mormon church made it that essay film that she aimed to make.

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