From the East
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FROM THE EAST (D Est) retraces a travel from the end of summer to deepest winter, from East Germany, across Poland and the Baltics, to Moscow. It is a voyage Chantal Akerman wanted to make shortly after the collapse of the Soviet bloc "before it was too late" reconstructing her impressions in the manner of a documentary on the border of fiction.
By filming "everything that touched me" Akerman sifts through and fixes upon sounds and images as she follows the thread of this subjective crossing. Without dialogue or commentary, but with a soundtrack rich in the tones, noises and voices of these lands, FROM THE EAST is a cinematographic elegy.
Bonus! A booklet with Chantal Akerman's essay On D'Est.
If this isn't a masterpiece, tear the word from your dictionary. --Stuart Klawans, The Nation
Jeanne Dielman aside, Ms. Akerman's greatest work is D Est. --Roberta Smith, The New York Times
Top Customer Reviews
The film is clearly a comment on how lost Russia was at that moment in history after communism fell - a lifetime of one ideology was suddenly gone, and nothing new had yet taken it's place. We see it in the faces -- every person looks like they're waiting for something. The only problem for me was the length. At 110 minutes both images and ideas, terrific though they were, started to feel repetitive.