Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
CAST: Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck DIRECTOR: Chantal Akerman SILVER SCREEN SOCIETY | MAR 17, 2023
A singular work in film history, Chantal Akerman's "Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles" meticulously details, with a sense of impending doom, the daily routine of a middle-aged widow--whose chores include making the beds, cooking dinner for her son, and turning the occasional trick. In its enormous spareness, Akerman's film seems simple, but it encompasses an entire world. Whether seen as an exacting character study or one of cinema's most hypnotic and complete depictions of space and time, Jeanne Dielman is an astonishing, compelling movie experiment, one that has been analyzed and argued over for decades.
JOIN US AT THE 3:00PM SHOWING ON SUNDAY, MARCH 19 FOR A PRE-SHOW TALK BY CLAUDIA GORBMAN, PROFESSOR EMERITA OF FILM STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON TACOMA!
More about Claudia Gorbman:
Claudia Gorbman was a founding faculty member at UW Tacoma, and taught courses in film studies there from 1990 to 2015. Her scholarly writing was mostly about film music. She has also been a translator for 30 years, and in retirement, does political writing and activism in Poulsbo, where she lives with her wife and two obstreperous dogs.
"An unflinching portrait of the mundanity of middle-aged womanhood, Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles was subversive from the start."Roxana Hadadi, Crooked Marquee
"At once spectacle and antispectacle, Jeanne Dielman not only criticizes the dominant mode of representing women but challenges the dominant mode of representation itself."J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"This is a mesmerising piece of rhythmical film-making that's as courageously experimental as anything produced in the history of the avant garde."David Parkinson, Empire Magazine