Deutsche Version

Ritual in Transfigured Time

Director: Maya Deren    → show biography   
Country: USA
Year: 1946
Synopsis: A ritual is an action distinguished from all others in that it seeks the realization of its purpose through the exercise of form. In this sense ritual is art; and, even historically, all art derives from ritual. In ritual, the form is the meaning. More specifically, the quality of movement is not a merely decorative factor; it is the meaning itself of the movement. In this sense, this film is a dance. This quality of individual movement, and, above all, the choreography of the whole, is mainly conferred and created by filmic means – the varying camera speedes, the relating of gestures which were, in reality, unrelated, the repetition of patterns so complex as to be unique in actuality, and other such means. In this sense, the film confers dance upon non-dancers, except for a passage in which the large pattern and the individual action coincide, briefly, in intention. Thus the elemens of the whole derive their meaning from a pattern which they did not themselves consciously create; just as a ritual – which depersonalizes by fuses all individual elements into a transcendent tribal power towards the achievement of some extraordinary grace.... Being a film ritual, it is achieved not in spatial terms alone, but in terms of a time created by the camera. Time here is not an emptiness to be measured by a spatial activity which may fill it. In this film it not only actually creates many of the actions and events, but constitutes the special integrity of the form as a whole. (Maya Deren)
Forum participation year: 1974
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Technical Attributes

Format: Data
Rental status: rental upon request
Resolution: 1920x1080
Size: 18,5 GiB
Container: QuickTime
Codec: ProRes 422 (HQ), PCM
Running time (minutes): 15
Color: b&w
Sound: Silent
Aspect ratio: 1:1,33
Frames per second: 24