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Divine Horsemen (DVD)


by Maya Deren

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"In September 1947 I disembarked in Haiti, for an eight-month stay, with eighteen motley pieces of lugage; seven of these consisted of 16-millimeter motion-picture equipment (three cameras, tripods, raw film stock, etc.), of which three were related to sound recording for a film, and three contained equipment for still photography." - Maya Deren

"When the anthropologist arrives, the gods depart. So declares, I am told, a Haitian proverb. Maya Deren, on the other hand, was an artist: therein, the secret of her ability to recognize 'facts of the mind' when presented through the 'fictions' of a mythology. Her avant-garde films, composed before her first trip to Haiti, had already testified to her understanding of the pictorial script of dream, vision, and halluciantion. She went first to Haiti as an artist, thinking to make a film in which Haitian dance should be a leading theme. But the manifestations of rapture that there first fascinated and then seized her, transported her beyond the bounds of any art she had ever know. She was open, willingly and respectfully, to the message of the speechless deep, which is, indeed, the wellspring of the mysteres. And so it was, that when I first met her, just following her plunge into what she has named 'The White Darkness,' she was in a state of high exaltation." - Joseph Campbell

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  • 19 page bilingual English-French booklet with essay by Sebastien Ronceray.
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    SKU 3493551100348
    Product contents 1 disc
    Year 1947-54/77 (DVD 2008)
    Director Deren, Maya
    Format DVD
    Publisher(s) Re-voir
    Countries USA
    Colour B&W
    Language(s) English, French
    Running time 47 min
    DVD region 0, PAL
    Certificate N/a
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