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Les années 80 (1983)

This is a making of a musical, with Chantal Ackerman behind and in front of the camera.It is mostly a collection of clips, talks, directions, lectures..... with the camera capturing the whole adventure.

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Credited cast:
Aischa Bentebouche
Katherine Best
François Beukelaers
Daniela Bisconti
Warre Borgmans
Anne-Marie Cappelier
Cathy Carrera
Amid Chakir
Eric Châle
Harry Cleven
Nicole Debarre
Patrick Dechêne
Goele Derick
Annick Detollenaere
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This is a making of a musical, with Chantal Ackerman behind and in front of the camera.It is mostly a collection of clips, talks, directions, lectures..... with the camera capturing the whole adventure.

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Another Masterpiece by Chantal Akerman
18 November 2009 | by (Concord, North Carolina) – See all my reviews

THE EIGHTIES marks the turning point in Chantal Akerman's career. It stands as the end of her more experimental films of previous years and as the beginning of her more mainstream efforts of later years. The bulk of the film consists of auditions and rehearsals for a musical. In the final act, we get to see some segments of that musical. It's a wholly original and brilliant motion picture experience. Like most of Akerman's films, though, it's not for everyone. Her films are experiences for those who aren't into mainstream cinema. The songs in the film are catchy and unforgettable, and it's a special treat to see Akerman herself pop in a few times and give the performers some direction. The only downside of this film is that it's only available on an old VHS. The Criterion Collection has gotten a hold on her earlier films; maybe some day they'll get a hold of this one, as well. Another interesting aspect to this film is that it serves as a prelude to her next feature film, GOLDEN EIGHTIES or WINDOW SHOPPING.


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