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  • Actors: Chantal Akerman, Aurore Clément, Helmut Griem, Magali Noël, Lea Massari
  • Directors: Chantal Akerman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 371 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002U6DVOO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,456 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Over the past four decades, Belgian director Chantal Akerman (Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles) has created one of cinema’s most distinctive bodies of work—formally daring, often autobiographical films about people and places, time and space. In this collection, we present the early films that put her on the map: intensely personal, modernist investigations of cities, history, family, and sexuality, made in the 1970s in the United States and Europe and strongly influenced by the New York experimental film scene. Bold and iconoclastic, these five films pushed boundaries in their day and continue to have a profound influence on filmmakers all over the world.

La Chambre (1972, Silent, 11min) : In this early short film, we see the furniture and clutter of one small room in an apartment become the subject of a moving still life—with Akerman herself staring back at us. This breakthrough formal experiment is the first film the director made in New York.

Hotel Monterey (1972, Silent, 62 min): Under Akerman’s watchful eye, a cheap New York hotel glows with mystery and unexpected beauty, its corridors, elevators, rooms, windows, and occasional tenants framed as though part of an Edward Hopper tableau.

News From Home (1976, French w/ English Subs, 89 mins): Letters from Akerman’s mother are read over a series of elegantly composed shots of 1976 New York, where our (unseen) filmmaker and protagonist has relocated. Akerman’s unforgettable time capsule of the city is also a gorgeous meditation on urban alienation and personal and familial disconnection.

Je, Tu, Il, Elle (1974, B/W, French w/ English Subs, 86 min): In her sexually provocative first feature, Akerman stars as a nameless, rootless young woman who leaves self-imposed isolation to embark on a road trip that leads to lonely love affairs with a male truck driver and a former girlfriend. With its famous real-time sexual encounter and its daring minimalist plot, Je Tu Il Elle is Akerman’s most audaciously erotic film.

Les Rendez-vous d'Anna (1978, French w/ English Subs, 127 min): In one of Akerman’s most penetrating character studies, Anna, an accomplished filmmaker (played by Aurore Clément), makes her way through a series of anonymous European cities to promote her latest movie. Through a succession of eerie, exquisitely shot brief encounters—with men and women, family and strangers—we come to see her emotional and physical detachment from the world.

Eclipse is a selection of lost, forgotten, or overshadowed classics in simple, affordable editions. Each series is a brief cinematheque retrospective for the adventurous home viewer.

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It will change your life.
L. Ruth
I highly recommend the set for anyone interested in her work, or women film-makers, or film-makers with unique, challenging and individual voices.
K. Gordon
I suppose if you are looking for works or statements about "nothingness" then these are for you.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 29, 2010
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Chantal Akerman is arguably the most important and interesting female director of her era, yet she is sadly under-known here in the U.S. The range of her work is astounding, from largely experimental 'difficult' works represented by the three shorter films on in this set ('Hotel Monterey', 'News From Home' and 'La Chambre' ), to frothy musical-comedy, to introspective dramas represented here by 'Je Tu Il Elle' and 'Les Rendz-vous D'Anna'. Even if you don't respond to these films, you may well like other things she has done. She seems to exist in a constant state of self-reinvention as an artist. I highly recommend the set for anyone interested in her work, or women film-makers, or film-makers with unique, challenging and individual voices.

As for these five early films of hers, my personal thoughts;

Hotel Monterey: (1972) My rating ****1/2. Experimental silent 60 minute 'documentary' set in a cheap NY hotel. No story, just images that cross the sadness of Edward Hopper's paintings with the weirdness of David Lynch (who seems to have been influenced by this). It's like a great photo book come to life. It has a fascinating look (very grainy 16mm, with super rich colors). No question that by nature this feels dull in spots and some images are less powerful or repetitive, but its full of wonderful, disquieting moments, and it has a fascinating, hypnotic almost imperceptible build to a `climax'. If nothing else, the film is worth it for the simple power of the moment when the camera starts to move after 30 minutes of still images.

Je, Tu, Il, Elle (1974 ) ****1/4 Often sad, and sometimes absurdly funny. A three part film with little obvious plot, its a delicate character study of a young, neurotic woman.
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I find these experimental works to be incredably useless and of no artistic value. I suppose if you are looking for works or statements about "nothingness" then these are for you. I dont bleive she is a fraud but I do believe there is very little substance to any of her work and the immense amount of fawining reveals more about our culture than about her value as an artist. I am interested in all that has been written about this artist because her work is so devoid of substance that it attracts projection and discussion. I blank canvas, for some, is as interesting as a Monet and there is something that intelligent folks like to project onto the art of nothingness. i dont dislike her work, i doubt the integrity of the context and believe it is purely [a failed] experiment of the 70's [that painting expressed better than film] not art.
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What a strange group of videos. I liked them, but I can't really say why. If you're into the esoteric they may be for you too.
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By I like all kinds of stuff on January 23, 2013
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If you know what you're getting into these films are stunning. They are strong transfers and demonstrate the Eclipse Series' usual attention. I love these detailed, almost OCD, examinations and the characters that inhabit them.
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8 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Ruth on February 22, 2010
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Where has Chantal Akerman been all my life? Her films are glorious, gorgeous, tense and absolute. Stunning. Do not live another minute without this collection. It will change your life.
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