The Thinking Machine #72


In their series The Thinking Machine, critics Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin create a new video essay for Filmkrant every month.

In cinema, the act or process of mirroring is endless, infinite. Films mirror each other across time and place – whether they are conscious of this or not. Within any film, the mirror-split can occur in myriad ways: to reveal, invert, obscure, multiply, fracture … So let’s lose ourselves in the shattered mirror pieces laid out and swapped by two great experimental artists, Maya Deren (Meshes of the Afternoon, 1943) and Carmelo Bene (Salomé, 1972).