January 2016

the contract between audience and screen is based on a certain predictability in storytelling, which Akerman eviscerated by keeping both the situation and the character at a distance and showing both in long takes, which grants her protagonists transformative experiences that are not in the original premise...

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Babette Mangolte
UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts

Image Credit:
Chantal Akerman with assistant director Marilyn Watelet after the US debut of Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, 1975, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1976.
Photo by Babette Mangolte is courtesy of ArtForum

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