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News from Home (1977)

Impersonal but beautiful images of Akerman's life in New York are combined with letters from her loving but manipulative mother, read by Akerman herself.

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Chantal Akerman ... Herself - Letter Reader (voice)
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Chantal Akerman, the Belgian filmmaker, lives in New York. Filmed images of the City are accompanied by the texts of Chantal Akerman's loving but manipulative mother back home in Brussels. The City comes more and more to the front while the words of the mother, read by Akerman herself, gradually fade away. Written by Guy Bellinger

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French

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8 June 1977 (France) See more »

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Briefe von zu Haus See more »

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Mono

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Color (Eastman Color)

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1.37 : 1
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This film is included in the "Chantal Akerman in the Seventies" box-set, which is part of the Criterion Collection, Eclipse series 19. See more »

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one of the most important minimalist films
2 December 2007 | by Ethan_FordSee all my reviews

Following the epic JEANNE DIELMAN Akerman has relocated from old Europe to the very heart of the new world,in other words New York City.She has also made a much shorter film and one without a star,in fact without any stars at all.The images of New York,its streets,subways and buildings ,lovingly shot by camera-person Babette Mangolte,act as counterpoint to the soundtrack,not just the monotonous sounds of everyday life but the sound of the director's voice reading the letters written to her by her mother in Belgium. Akerman left home when she was twenty without telling her parents and this film records the sights and sounds of the strange city she found herself in,her alienation reinforced by the news her mother related from a distant continent.At once a film about America,urban life,loneliness,the place of the spectator,the film is incredibly sensual,a mosaic of images,colours,sounds.


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