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DVD Underground: Notes on Marie Menken

DVD cover for Notes on Marie Menken featuring Menken filming with a Bolex camera

Official Description: Martina Kudlácek, director of the critically acclaimed In the Mirror of Maya Deren, brings us the story of Marie Menken (1909-1970), one of New York’s outstanding underground filmmakers, who inspired and worked with renowned artists Andy Warhol, Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, Kenneth Anger and Gerard Malanga, and became known as “the mother of the avant-garde.”

Originally an abstract painter and collage artist, Menken produced nearly two dozen experimental shorts, gracefully using a hand-held Bolex camera to create rhythmic patterns of light, color, form and texture, and compose exquisite visual poems. Rich in excerpts of Menken’s work, the film also features the rare and fascinating footage of “The Duel of the Bolexes” she conducted with Andy Warhol on a New York rooftop.

Distributor: Icarus Films

Availability: Amazon | Netflix

Contents:

  1. Notes on Marie Menken (2007), dir. Martina Kudlácek

Special Features: Three Films by Marie Menken

  1. Visual Variations on Noguchi
  2. Glimpse of the Garden
  3. Arabesque for Kenneth Anger

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