Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946)

16 Mar
Director Maya Deren
Producer Maya Deren
Contributors Hella Heyman, Frank Westbrook, Rita Christiani
Length 16 min.
B&W/Color B&W
UO Library Catalog description: “A choreography for camera in which film techniques–reprinting, varying camera speeds, and direction and movement of the camera–create a ritual dance from non-dance movements. Performed by Rita Christiani and Frank Westbrook.”
Call # FILM Mb28
Genre Experimental
Rare Yes
Online Yes
Copyright status Public Domain (C on the film (1946 by Maya Deren) but not renewed)
Physical condition FAIR
Oregon-related NO


It goes without saying that Maya Deren made an impressionable impact on the filmmaking industry during her life. Made a year before her break-out hit, Meshes of the Afternoon (1946), this film explores the fear of rejection and the freedom of expression in abandoning ritual. Deren experiments with time-remapping (slowing and speeding up footage, freeze-frames), and “with slowed footage of two wind-swept women immersed in ritualized wool looming.” Source

The film won no awards.

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