Chantal Akerman: An Interview

1976 | 00:50:38 | United States | English | B&W | 4:3 | Video

Collection: On Art and Artists, Interviews, Single Titles

Tags: Blumenthal/Horsfield Interviews, European Film/Video, Feminism, Film or Videomaking, Film Theory, Interview

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Chantal Akerman (1950-2015) gained international recognition with her three-and-a-half hour masterpiece, Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975), which portrays a housewife’s dull existence and eventual violent action. She has continued to be one of Europe’s most innovative filmmakers with more than forty film and television projects to her credit. Akerman’s work is minimalist, structuralist, and feminist. Major themes in her films include women at work and at home; women’s relationships to men, other women, and children; food, love, sex, romance, art, and storytelling. In this interview from 1976 Akerman discusses her early films, and the development of her particular vision.

Interview by B. Ruby Rich.

A historical interview originally recorded in 1976, edited in 2012 with support from the Lyn Blumenthal Memorial Fund.