NO HOME MOVIE: In Warm Memory of Chantal Akerman (1950-2015)


Akerman’s hunt for images that paint nothing, and meant zero else (except maybe themselves – and even this is formidable enough) while she focuses her camera on watching a trivia of women’s lives, is voiced in a initial instance by her style: distant, clean, sober, looking during a picture outward of a image. Rootless, isolated images. Images in a Diaspora. Is it probable to lapse home, to where a picture can exist, outward of a commandment? Is such an picture even possible? (Dana Linssen on Akerman’s filmmaking)

Despite their apparent simplicity, Akerman’s positive framing and narrative, built out of blocks of genuine time intercut by radical ellipses, are not simply replicated. Rather, a film’s impact is indirectly clear in a presentation of a new phenomenological sensibility and proceed to regard and a weight of time… (Ivonne Margulies on Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles)

Unbelievable, intolerable news, though usually confirmed by Libération.

Chantal Akerman has died.

Links to online, openly permitted studies of her work and to tributes to it will continue to be combined subsequent in a subsequent days (as they will, undoubtedly, during KeyFrame Daily | Fandor, and elswehere). It’s a usually approach that Film Studies For Free can routine this news…. Incroyable….

By / With Chantal Akerman

Interview with Chantal Akerman, available Nov 2013. By Ricky D’Ambrose

    • Chantal Akerman, ‘Almayer’s Folly: Synopsis and Statement of Intent’, LOLA, 2, 2012
    • Chantal Akerman + Catherine Breillat. Film and Theory. 2001 (By European Graduate School Seven Video Lectures)
    • Chantal Akerman Film Director “Crossing Cinematic Borders”

    Studies of Ackerman’s work

    • ADDED Senses of Cinema special reverence dossier (December 2015):  Chantal Akerman: La Passion de L’Intime / An Intimate Passion

    • Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin,’ Chantal Akerman: a Primer’, Sight and Sound, Oct 6, 2015
    • Janet Bergstrom, ‘Keeping a Distance: Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman‘, Sight and Sound, Nov 1999
    • Nicole Brenez, ‘Chantal Akerman: The Pajama Interview’, LOLA, 2, 2012
    • Rose Capp, ‘A cot in New York: Chantal Akerman and sex in a city’, Screening a Past, Dec 1, 2010 (Link around Adrian Martin)
    • Adriana Cerne, ‘Maternal Matters: Jeanne Dielman and Emma Bovary Strange(ly) Familiar Reflections on Everyday Domestic Scenes’, Studies in a Maternal, 1:1/2, 2010
    • Maria Fosheim Lund, ‘Deja-Vu Melodrama: An Iconographical and Iconological Analysis of “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles’, Out 1 Film Journal (January 27, 2009)
    • Catherine Fowler, The films of Chantal Akerman: a cinema of displacements, PhD Thesis, University of Warwick, 1995
    • Fernando Franco, Les Variations Dielman [video, 2000]
    • Ed Henderson, ‘Jeanne Dielman…’, Slant Magazine, Jun 8, 2003
    • Alex Hudson, ‘Chantal Akerman for beginners’, Sight and Sound , Jun 4, 2015
    • Alisa Lebow, ‘Memory once removed: surreptitious memory and transitive journal in Chantal Akerman’s D’Est‘, Camera Obscura May 2003
    • Dana Linssen, ‘A Letter’, LOLA, 2, 2012
    • Ivone Margulies, ‘A Matter of Time: Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles’, Criterion Collection Essays, Aug 18, 2009 
    • Ivonne Margulies: ‘La Chambre Akerman: The Captive as Creator’, Rouge 10, 2006
    • ADDED Barbara McBane, Walking, Talking, Singing, Exploding . . . and Silence: Chantal Ackerman’s Soundtracks’, Film Quarterly, Fall 2016
    • Drew Morton, Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles: Day x Day x Day [video, 2014]
    • Vitro Nasu’s website calm on Akerman (link around Adrian Martin)
    • Griselda Pollock, ‘The Long Journey: Maternal Trauma, Tears and Kisses in a Work by Chantal Akerman’, Studies in a Maternal, 1:1/2, 2010
    • Jonathan Rosenbaum, ‘Chantal Akerman: The Integrity of Exile and a Everyday’, LOLA, 2, 2012
    • Alison Rowley, ‘Between Les Rendez-vous d’Anna and Demain on Déménage: m(o)ther inscriptions in dual films by Chantal Akerman’, Studies in a Maternal, 1:1/2, 2010
    • Marion Schmid, ‘Between Literature and a Moving Image: The Cinematography of Chantal Akerman’, Revue critique de fixxion française contemporaine, 2012 (thanks to Adrian Martin for a link)
    • Zain Jamshaid, ‘Invested in Expression or in Its Destruction?: The Politics of Space and Representation in Chantal Akerman’s Cinema’, Senses of Cinema, 64, 2012

    Tributes to Akerman

    • By David Hudson at Keyframe Daily | Fandor
    • Miriam Bale, “Five Lessons from Ten Great Filmmakers: Chantal Akerman’, Fandor, Oct 5, 2012


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