new HD restored version

by Maya DEREN
1948 / 16mm / b&w / sound / 1S / 13' 06

2007 restoration from original 16mm reversal

Featuring Chao-li Chi

“The film pivots on the precise movements of a solitary Chinese boxer performing a ritualized dance set against white and black backgrounds. It reaches an epiphany when he abruptly moves outside, jumps and freezes in mid-air, then resumes the dance in reverse order through the indoor setting.” — Bruce Posner

Production assistance Miriam Arsham, Alexander Hammid

Music of Chinese classical flute and drums recorded in Haiti by Maya Deren

Preserved by Bruce Posner and Anthology Film Archives at Cineric, Inc. and Trackwise; 35mm with 2K digital insert enlarged from edited 16mm camera original picture and titles, 16mm optical negative freeze-frame, and 16mm composite print audio.

Funding provided by the Women’s Film Preservation Fund of Women in Film/Television New York

Courtesy: Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970


distribution format Digital file on server (HD)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 23,976 fps
sound sound
rental fee 52,00 €