Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
Cinematographer: Babette Mangolte
Dir. Chantal Akerman. 1975, 201 mins. 35mm. With Delphine Seyrig. Akerman’s singular avant-garde epic—which surveys with unprecedented detail the mundane daily routine of a domestic mother and prostitute—must be seen on a big screen to gain its full impact. Working with the great cinematographer Babette Mangolte, herself an experimental filmmaker, Akerman creates a portrait of an enigmatic woman’s inner life by focusing on her chores (cooking, cleaning, letter-writing) and then watches as her perfectly structured life gradually unravels.
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