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Witch’s Cradle

Bruce Checefsky

United States, 2014
10 minutes, 22 seconds, B&W, Stereo, 4:3
Original format: SD video
Available formats: SD digital file / DVD

In 1943, experimental filmmaker Maya Deren (1917-1961) collaborated with Marcel Duchamp on the film ‘Witch’s Cradle’. ‘Witches Cradle’ was filmed in Peggy Guggenhiem’s ‘Art of This Century Gallery’ at 30 W. 57th Street in New York City. A choreographed set of movements between the figure (played by Duchamp) and the camera, the film was intended to be an exploration of the magical qualities of objects in Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of this Century Gallery, a space where Duchamp also exhibited. ‘Witch’s Cradle’ remains unfinished and is considered lost.