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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 ... (voice)

Directed by
Chantal Akerman 
 
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Chantal Akerman 

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

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Another intriguing experiment from the wonderful Chantal Akerman, 1 June 2010
Author: runamokprods from US

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 like this, to frothy musical-comedy, to dark, thoughtful dramas, and just about everything in between. I'm so glad Criterion is finally putting out much of her early work.

As for this film, it's an interesting experiment, if far from Akerman's most important.

It's all images of New York City, mostly still at first, with ever more movement as it goes along. The soundtrack is all letters to Ackerman from her mother in France being read aloud over the images. Odd as it sounds, it easily held my attention, though never really got emotionally involving. Once again, Akerman's city images are great, evoking Edward Hopper's paintings. But both the images and overall impact seem less powerful to me than Akerman's somewhat similar - and to my taste far better -- 'Hotel Monterey'.

However with this kind of experimental film, everyone is likely to react differently, and I'd urge you to see it for yourself.

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