Jeanne Dielman (Akerman)

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Saturday, March 9, 2002 - 6:00pm
A central but rarely shown film in the history of feminist cinema, Jeanne Dielman follows three days in the life of a middle-class European woman as she does her daily housework, cooks for her teenage son, occasionally engages in prostitution, and gradually descends into madness. Using the real-time element of the long, uninterrupted shot, Akerman forces the viewer to concentrate on aspects of life and work that are rarely shown in conventional cinema and that convey a terrifying sense of what is most irreplaceable in life: the passing of time. (Jeffrey Skoller) 1975, Chantal Akerman, Belgium/France, 198 min. Screenplay by Chantal Akerman. Cinematography by Babette Mangolte. With Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, and Yves Bical. In French with English subtitles.

Co-sponsored by Experimental Film Club, Committee on Cinema and Media Studies, Student Government