Screen/Society--AMI Showcase--Chantal Akerman's "Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles" [DCP screening]
Film Screening: Jeanne Dielman, 23 quay du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelless (Chantal Ackerman, 1975, 201 min, Belgium/France, in French w/ English subtitles, Color, DCP)
-- Introduced by Lisa McCarty (Curator of the Archive of Documentary Arts & AMI instructor)!
A singular work in film history, Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles meticulously details, with a sense of impending doom, the daily routine of a middle-aged widow, whose chores include making the beds, cooking dinner for her son, and turning the occasional trick. In its enormous spareness, Akerman’s film seems simple, but it encompasses an entire world. Whether seen as an exacting character study or as one of cinema’s most hypnotic and complete depictions of space and time, Jeanne Dielman is an astonishing, compelling movie experiment, one that has been analyzed and argued over for decades.
“Jeanne Dielman is immersion cinema, a brilliant example of maximal minimalism that fuses viewer with subject so profoundly, the marathon experience transcends simple spectatorship.” – Stephen Garrett, Time Out
Interview excerpt w/ Chantal Akerman:
Sponsors: The Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI).