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Scott Reviews Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles [Criterion Blu-ray Review]

26 May 2017 11:32 PM, PDT

Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles is a thriller. It’s as claustrophobic, psychologically penetrating, and exactingly-directed an apartment film as anything Roman Polanski has made. That it takes 200 minutes to watch is almost besides the point. The more you give yourself over to it – shutting out distractions, not breaking it into sections – the tighter its hold. I’ve seen the film three times now, twice at home with all the intrusions that comes with that, and once in a theater with all the peace it suggests. Except, peace for this film means an acute focus on its inner torment.

Jeanne (Delphine Seyrig) is a widow raising her teenage son in a single-bedroom apartment (he sleeps in the pull-out couch in the living room). Over the course of three non-consecutive days, we see Jeanne cook, clean, run errands, knit, read letters, and cook some more (there’s a lot of »

- Scott Nye

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Criterion Now – Episode 16 – August Announcements, Andrei Tarkovsky, Good Morning, Michael Haneke

23 May 2017 5:00 AM, PDT

Aaron and Mark Hurne get together to talk about August 2017 Announcements, Andrei Tarkovsky, Ozu’s Good Morning, Michael Haneke, Jean Luc Godard, Jacques Demy, and plenty of other topics.

Episode Notes

7:00 – August 2017 Announcements

33:30 – Good Morning & I Was Born, But

40:25 – Michael Haneke

43:30 – Alex Ross Perry

47:40 – Criterion Daily

51:30 – Short Takes (Lola, Vivre sa Vie)

1:00:00 – FilmStruck

Episode Links Making a Cover: Criterion’s Breaking Point Criterion Close-Up 19: A Conversation with Alex Cox Criterion – The Breaking Point Criterion – Meantime Criterion – Hopscotch Criterion – La Poison Criterion – Sid & Nancy FilmStruck – Coming Soon Movies Leaving FilmStruck Episode Credits Aaron West: Twitter | Website | Letterboxd Mark Hurne: Twitter | Letterboxd Criterion Now: Twitter | Facebook Group Criterion Cast: Facebook | Twitter

Music for the show is from Fatboy Roberts’ Geek Remixed project.


- Aaron West

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The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 56 – Postwar Kurosawa [Part 1]

22 May 2017 5:00 AM, PDT


This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett give an overview of each box and offer their perspectives on the unique treasures they find inside. In this first episode of a two-part series, David and Trevor discuss three films (No Regrets for Our Youth, One Wonderful Sunday and Scandal) from Eclipse Series 7: Postwar Kurosawa.

About the films:

Akira Kurosawa came into his own as a filmmaker directly following World War II, delving into the state of his devastated nation with a series of pensive, topical dramas. Amid Japan’s economic collapse and U.S. occupation, Kurosawa managed to find humor and redemption existing alongside despair and anxiety. In these five early films, which range from political epic to Capraesque whimsy to courtroom potboiler, Kurosawa revealed the artistic range and social acuity that would »

- David Blakeslee

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