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Criterion Collection: Chantal Akerman in the Seventies [DVD] [1978] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002U6DVOO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,767 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 May 2010
Chantal Akerman is arguably the most important and interesting female director of her era. The range of her work is astounding, from largely experimental 'difficult' works represented by the three shorter films on in this set ('Hotel Monterey', 'News From Home' and 'La Chambre' ), to frothy musical-comedy, to introspective dramas represented here by 'Je Tu Il Elle' and 'Les Rendz-vous D'Anna'. Even if you don't respond to these films, you may well like other things she has done. She seems to exist in a constant state of self-reinvention as an artist. I highly recommend the set for anyone interested in her work, or women film-makers, or film-makers with unique, challenging and individual voices.

As for these five early films of hers, my personal thoughts;

Hotel Monterey: (1972) My rating ****1/2. Experimental silent 60 minute 'documentary' set in a cheap NY hotel. No story, just images that cross the sadness of Edward Hopper's paintings with the weirdness of David Lynch (who seems to have been influenced by this). It's like a great photo book come to life. It has a fascinating look (very grainy 16mm, with super rich colors). No question that by nature this feels dull in spots and some images are less powerful or repetitive, but its full of wonderful, disquieting moments, and it has a fascinating, hypnotic almost imperceptible build to a `climax'. If nothing else, the film is worth it for the simple power of the moment when the camera starts to move after 30 minutes of still images.

Je, Tu, Il, Elle (1974 ) ****1/4 Often sad, and sometimes absurdly funny. A three part film with little obvious plot, its a delicate character study of a young, neurotic woman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Jun. 2010
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These are all rare hard to find films. The delivery from USA was good. The packaging and sleeve notes excellent. The films are hard work and let no one say otherwise, but, if you are a fan they are a must. Completely uncut, which with Je Tu Il Elle is quite something. Go on - riski it and try and understand them
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Early works by an under-known master 29 May 2010
By K. Gordon - Published on Amazon.com
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Chantal Akerman is arguably the most important and interesting female director of her era, yet she is sadly under-known here in the U.S. The range of her work is astounding, from largely experimental 'difficult' works represented by the three shorter films on in this set ('Hotel Monterey', 'News From Home' and 'La Chambre' ), to frothy musical-comedy, to introspective dramas represented here by 'Je Tu Il Elle' and 'Les Rendz-vous D'Anna'. Even if you don't respond to these films, you may well like other things she has done. She seems to exist in a constant state of self-reinvention as an artist. I highly recommend the set for anyone interested in her work, or women film-makers, or film-makers with unique, challenging and individual voices.

As for these five early films of hers, my personal thoughts;

Hotel Monterey: (1972) My rating ****1/2. Experimental silent 60 minute 'documentary' set in a cheap NY hotel. No story, just images that cross the sadness of Edward Hopper's paintings with the weirdness of David Lynch (who seems to have been influenced by this). It's like a great photo book come to life. It has a fascinating look (very grainy 16mm, with super rich colors). No question that by nature this feels dull in spots and some images are less powerful or repetitive, but its full of wonderful, disquieting moments, and it has a fascinating, hypnotic almost imperceptible build to a `climax'. If nothing else, the film is worth it for the simple power of the moment when the camera starts to move after 30 minutes of still images.

Je, Tu, Il, Elle (1974 ) ****1/4 Often sad, and sometimes absurdly funny. A three part film with little obvious plot, its a delicate character study of a young, neurotic woman. Part one shows her stuck alone in her room over a period of days, trying to write a letter to a lover, eating sugar, walking around naked - emotionally as well as physically. Part 2 is her journey with a truck driver who picks her up hitchhiking on her way to meet her female lover, and the relationship that develops between them, and part 3 is her arriving at her lover's apartment, spending the night making love with that woman, and finally resolving their relationship. The images, though often striking, don't have quite the power of her very best work, and while some moments have a real charge-- sexual or emotional -- others feel awkward. An intelligent and complex film, ultimately wistfully touching, but missing that last step to greatness. The first third is very strong, the second almost as good, but the last 'act' feels less complete, and the 15 minute love making scene is sort of awkward in that it's very explicit, but never seems quite real. None-the-less, an impressive first narrative film, that sets the ground for her great dramas to follow.

Les Rendez-Vous D'Anna (1978) **** Amazingly shot, with the film always demonstrating a tremendous, disciplined use of image to convey mood and story. The film is full of long takes using striking symmetry, the camera always finding frames within frames. For me, the story itself is interesting intellectually, but lacks emotional power; traveling to a film festival, a young femme filmmaker has a series of sadly empty encounters with people, leading to long, well-written monologues by the various lost souls. Sometimes too on the nose and speechy with its ideas, but always intelligent, physically beautiful film-making.

News From Home (1977) ***1/2 An interesting experiment; Various images of New York City, mostly still at first, with ever more movement as the film goes along, accompanied by the sound of Akerman reading aloud letters from her mother in France. Stays pretty interesting, though never really gets emotionally involving. Once again, Akerman's city images are great, evoking Hopper. But the images and overall impact seem less to me than the somewhat similar 'Hotel Monterey'.

La Chamber (1972) **1/2 11 minute experimental short, where the camera slowly turns in circles revealing a room, first one way, than the other, occasionally passing Akerman in bed, staring, sleeping, perhaps masturbating, but treating her as just another object in the room. Interesting as an `idea', but -- for me -- slightly boring to watch.
I find these experimental works to be incredably useless and of no artistic value 23 Mar. 2015
By amblin - Published on Amazon.com
I find these experimental works to be incredably useless and of no artistic value. I suppose if you are looking for works or statements about "nothingness" then these are for you. I dont bleive she is a fraud but I do believe there is very little substance to any of her work and the immense amount of fawining reveals more about our culture than about her value as an artist. I am interested in all that has been written about this artist because her work is so devoid of substance that it attracts projection and discussion. I blank canvas, for some, is as interesting as a Monet and there is something that intelligent folks like to project onto the art of nothingness. i dont dislike her work, i doubt the integrity of the context and believe it is purely [a failed] experiment of the 70's [that painting expressed better than film] not art.
chantal akerman in the 70s 10 Nov. 2013
By albert elliot - Published on Amazon.com
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What a strange group of videos. I liked them, but I can't really say why. If you're into the esoteric they may be for you too.
meditations 23 Jan. 2013
By I like all kinds of stuff - Published on Amazon.com
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If you know what you're getting into these films are stunning. They are strong transfers and demonstrate the Eclipse Series' usual attention. I love these detailed, almost OCD, examinations and the characters that inhabit them.
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Not Enough Stars Exist 23 Feb. 2010
By L. Ruth - Published on Amazon.com
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Where has Chantal Akerman been all my life? Her films are glorious, gorgeous, tense and absolute. Stunning. Do not live another minute without this collection. It will change your life.
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