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53 Ratings

The Eighties

Les années 80

Directed by Chantal Akerman
France, Belgium, 1983
Comedy, Musical


The story is set at a shopping mall where people audition for an upcoming show. Afterwards, they are seen going through the grueling routines of learning the music and rehearsing.

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The Eighties Directed by Chantal Akerman

Critics reviews

The Eighties: a make-or-break time for artists, especially severe ones like Chantal Akerman, who decided she had it with idiosyncratic films nobody saw. A shift into the mainstream, then? The structure might shape a method-to-her-madness memo to studio heads handing out the funds, except this is Akerman, experimental down to her fingertips, the airy making of a musical just the natural extension of the august exploration of Jeanne Dielman.
June 30, 2006
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Using repeated, identical directions to assorted actors and actresses and presented as culled, day-in-the-life vignettes from the rehearsal process, Akerman revisits the distilled fragmentation and intrinsic choreography of Toute une nuit in order to create an intriguing narrative puzzle that, in the absence of knowing the unfilmed musical’s underlying plot, nevertheless conveys its emotional essence.
January 01, 2004
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The subject is first and foremost Akerman’s love of actors and the filmmaking process, and second the process itself—the intermediary steps between conception and perfection, from physical materials to cinematic illusions. If you don’t know Akerman’s work, this is an excellent place to start: it’s a very funny, very idiosyncratic piece from one of the most sympathetic of modernist filmmakers.
May 09, 1985
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