Chantal Akerman in the Seventies [Criterion Collection] [3 Discs] [DVD]

As a follow-up to the Criterion Collection's prior release of Belgian avant-garde filmmaker Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles, this volume in Criterion's Eclipse series presents several of Akerman's features from the 1970s - a critical decade in her career. It begins with several New York-based experimental works, influenced heavily by the cinema of such pioneers as Michael Snow and Yvonne Rainer. These titles include the 11-minute La Chambre (1972), the 65-minute Hotel Monterey (1972), and the 85-minute News From Home (1976). This collection also includes Akerman's debut feature, 1974 Je Tu Il Elle - a fractured and loosely-knit character study of a woman cascading through life and a series of love affairs. It concludes with the 1978 Les Rendez-vous d'Anna, with Aurore Clément as a dissociated young filmmaker touring Europe to promote her latest movie. As with the other volumes in the Eclipse series, this one includes no frills or supplements.
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Les Rendez-Vous D'Anna
Anna (Aurore Clement) is a film director whose job takes her all over western Europe. In each place she either already has some intimate connection, or readily makes one. People seem drawn to her, but inevitably insist on sharing their inmost secrets and discontents with her, despite her obvious and profound lack of interest in these revelations. This does not deter Anna from continuing to meet people, and she genuinely connects with them occasionally, as when she sees her mother briefly in Brussels. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Hotel Monterey
Je Tu Il Elle
Je Tu Il Elle was the first feature-length effort from avant-garde filmmaker Chantal Akerman. The story, simple in extreme, concerns a high-strung woman taking a lengthy journey through France. Her life up until now has been one huge question mark. By dwelling long and hard on every experience, she hopes to find answers during her cross-country odyssey. Chantal Akerman herself plays a major role in Je Tu Il Elle, which also features Niels Arestrup and Claire Wauthion. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

News from Home
This free-form drama offers slices from a French woman's life as she attempts to make a living in New York City. The stories unfold as a young filmmaker back in France reads the letters her mother has sent to her from the Big Apple. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

La Chambre

Cast & Crew

  • Jean-Pierre Cassel
    Jean-Pierre Cassel - Daniel
  • Lea Massari
    Lea Massari - Mother
  • Magali Noël
    Magali Noël - Ida
  • Helmut Griem
    Helmut Griem - Heinrich
  • Hanns Zischler
    Hanns Zischler
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