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8 June 1977 (France) See more »
Chantal Akerman, the Belgian filmmaker, lives in New York. Filmed images of the City are accompanied... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Chantal Akerman ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Chantal Akerman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chantal Akerman 

Produced by
Alain Dahan .... producer
Guy Cavagnac .... co-producer (uncredited)
Liliane de Kermadec .... co-producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Jim Asbell 
Babette Mangolte 
Film Editing by
Francine Sandberg 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Epp Kotkas .... assistant director
Paule Zadjermann .... assistant director
Sound Department
Dominique Dalmasso .... sound editor
Dominique Dalmasso .... sound
Larry Haas .... sound

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85 min
Color (Eastman Color)
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one of the most important minimalist films, 2 December 2007
Author: robert burton from United Kingdom

Following the epic JEANNE DIELMAN Akerman has relocated from old Europe to the very heart of the new world,in other words New York City.She has also made a much shorter film and one without a star,in fact without any stars at all.The images of New York,its streets,subways and buildings ,lovingly shot by camera-person Babette Mangolte,act as counterpoint to the soundtrack,not just the monotonous sounds of everyday life but the sound of the director's voice reading the letters written to her by her mother in Belgium. Akerman left home when she was twenty without telling her parents and this film records the sights and sounds of the strange city she found herself in,her alienation reinforced by the news her mother related from a distant continent.At once a film about America,urban life,loneliness,the place of the spectator,the film is incredibly sensual,a mosaic of images,colours,sounds.

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