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The Films of Chantal Akerman, Ranked

by Eliecer Gaspar
The Films of Chantal Akerman, Ranked by Eliecer Gaspar
“That film (Jeanne Dielman) was about gesture. And choreography, in order to give you the feeling that it’s real time. It’s not. It’s totally choreographed. It’s a very specific film in those terms.” News from Home, 1977 “You know, when I went to New York, I didn’t tell anyone I was going, I just wrote to my mother when I was there. It wasn’t the first time I’d left home – I’d left before to live in Paris. But it was the first time I hadn’t said anything and that I was going so far. So, I know my mother quite well and I wrote to her a lot so she wasn’t too anxious. And she wrote to me too. So I was there seven months and then left and I… Read more

“That film (Jeanne Dielman) was about gesture. And choreography, in order to give you the feeling that it’s real time. It’s not. It’s totally choreographed. It’s a very specific film in those terms.”

News from Home, 1977
“You know, when I went to New York, I didn’t tell anyone I was going, I just wrote to my mother when I was there. It wasn’t the first time I’d left home – I’d left before to live in Paris. But it was the first time I hadn’t said anything and that I was going so far. So, I know my mother quite well and I wrote to her a lot so she wasn’t too anxious. And she wrote to me too. So I was there seven months and then left and I went back a few months later. And I was in the plane and I thought – my mother is going to send me those letters again. And I was already imagining my life in New York. That’s how I got the idea of the film. It’s more like the shock between her life, her world and what New York really is.”

Toute une nuit (A Whole Night), 1982
“Fragments.”

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