Maya Deren

1917 - 1961

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Maya Deren (born Eleonora Derenkowska, Ukrainian: Елеоно́ра Деренко́вська; April 29, 1917 – October 13, 1961) was a Ukrainian-born American experimental filmmaker and important promoter of the avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. Deren was also a choreographer, dancer, film theorist, poet, lecturer, writer, and photographer. The function of film, Deren believed, was to create an experience. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maya Deren has received more than 504,060 page views. Her biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Maya Deren is the 345th most popular film director (up from 408th in 2019), the 229th most popular biography from Ukraine (up from 276th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Ukrainian Film Director.

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Among film directors, Maya Deren ranks 345 out of 1,580Before her are Satoshi Kon, Juan Antonio Bardem, Delbert Mann, Lotte Reiniger, Gaspar Noé, and Claude Sautet. After her are Ermanno Olmi, Jack L. Warner, Emilio Fernández, Veit Harlan, Francis Veber, and Ub Iwerks.

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Among people born in 1917, Maya Deren ranks 107Before her are Luis Carniglia, Charlotte Salomon, Nikolai Ogarkov, Erich Rudorffer, Jânio Quadros, and Roque Máspoli. After her are László Szabó, Carlos Puebla, John Connally, Alexander Schmorell, El Santo, and Henri Salvador. Among people deceased in 1961, Maya Deren ranks 38Before her are Zoltán Tildy, Werner Jaeger, Princess Isabelle of Orléans, Mukhtar Auezov, Arthur Drewry, and Chester Barnard. After her are Herbert Pitman, Ludwik Fleck, Mei Lanfang, Domenico Tardini, Max Simon, and Lucian Blaga.

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Among people born in Ukraine, Maya Deren ranks 229 out of 913Before her are Anatoly Fomenko (1945), Alexander Siloti (1863), Mikhail Eisenstein (1867), Robert Maxwell (1923), Nathan Milstein (1902), and Salo Flohr (1908). After her are Mustafa Dzhemilev (1943), Isaak Brodsky (1883), Igor II of Kiev (1100), Henryk Siemiradzki (1843), Jarosław Dąbrowski (1836), and Lyudmila Rudenko (1904).


Among film directors born in Ukraine, Maya Deren ranks 6Before her are Andrzej Żuławski (1940), Alexander Dovzhenko (1894), Sergei Bondarchuk (1920), Otto Preminger (1905), and Anatole Litvak (1902). After her are Jerzy Kawalerowicz (1922), Richard Boleslawski (1889), Larisa Shepitko (1938), Grigori Kozintsev (1905), Grigory Chukhray (1921), and Aleksandr Ptushko (1900).