Glimpse of the Garden

Glimpse of the Garden
Director: Marie Menken

USA, experimental, 1957, 5 min

“Glimpse of the Garden“ is an unassuming and observational film. In this brief movie Marie Menken observes a garden like a small world, slowly exploring it layer after layer. Discovering its small hidden detail – insect eyes, the surface of plants – the filmmaker creates a mini universe, concealed in a garden. The chirping of birds and the chirring of insects works as a soundtrack, creating a one of a kind hymn to nature, filmed in the especially tender Menken’s manner.


1958 – the Exposition Universelle et Internationale at Brussels (Belgium) award.
2007 – National Film Preservation Board (USA) included this film into the National Film Registry as a culturally significant piece of art.

About the director:

Marie Menken (real name Menkevičiūtė, 1909–1970) was an American experimental filmmaker and artist. Born in New York to a family of Lithuanian immigrants. Often called "the mother of avant-garde", the artist worked with the likes of Andy Warhol, Jonas Mekas and Gerard Malanga. Creating art both in life and in her creations, Menken started out as painter and collage artist, but after discovering the art of cinema, she created about two dozens graceful experimental short films, exceptional in their rhytmical construction, colour and light play. They could easily be called exceptional visual poetry.

Section: Special Screenings: Avantgarde women programme curated by Jonas Mekas

Dir. of Photography: Marie Menken