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The Soviet Women Of Cinema

(Directed by Various Filmmakers, 8 films, 1927-1958)


Bafflingly overlooked in the male-dominated canon of cinema history, Maya Deren forged an immensely unique and stunning body of work that is pleading for its due recognition. 

Writing, directing, and editing nearly all of her short film works, and starring in many, Deren’s experimental spirit, love of choreography, and daring anti-narrative style transcended film, figuring more in the NY Dance and European emigre Art scenes of the day than the manufactured glamour of the Hollywood aesthetic. 

Moving from bohemian Greenwich Village to L.A. to start a career in photography and poetry, Deren soon discovered her pursuits were best-suited for film. But rather than creating work for Hollywood, Deren rejected wholeheartedly the industry’s conceits and practices, stating “I make my pictures for what Hollywood spends on lipstick.” Her thrifty approach, however, never sacrificed visual quality, as her films would be stunning achievements on any budget — Deren’s vision was so distinctive, yet relatable, that all she needed was a 16mm camera and a little inspiration.

Aelita: Queen Of Mars (1924)

Cinematography by Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky

The Cigarettes Of Mosselprom (1924)

Directed by Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky

Women of Ryazan (1927)

Directed by Olga Preobrazhenskaya 

Samoyed Boy (1928)

Directed by The Brumberg Sisters

Earth (1930)

Directed by Yuliya Solntseva 

Ukraine In Flames (1943)

Directed by Yuliya Solntseva

The Lost Letter (1945)

Directed by The Brumberg Sisters

Poem Of The Sea (1958)

Directed by Yuliya Solntseva