1. Film and the Expansion and Contraction of Human Consciousness
In Maya Deren's "Meshes of the Afternoon" and Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," the directors creatively use distinctive techniques of ambiguous symbolism, montage editing, and mis en scene to follow the human experience of chasing and confronting uncertainty for the sake of retaining sanity and moving forward in evolution. ... If Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey alludes to expanding the human consciousness, Deren's "Meshes of the Afternoon" is about dissolving it. Deren's creative control of the mis en scene of the film adds to the dreary, ambiguous atmosphere...
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- Approx Pages: 9
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- Grade Level: Undergraduate