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From the East

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Product Description

From Chantal Akerman comes a cinematic journey through Eastern Europe, composed of faces, landscapes, cities, and ordinary lives fascinating and unforgettable.

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.

Review

Comparable in force and originality to Godard or Fassbinder, Chantal Akerman is arguably the most important European director of her generation. --J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

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

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  • Actors: n, a
  • Directors: Chantal Akerman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Icarus Films Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002EEYL5A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,724 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "From the East" on IMDb

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It is not true that this film/DVD has been "Discontinued by the manufacturer." - it is out now. don't know why Amazon says this.
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This 1993 film by Chantal Akerman resembles some of her best early experimental work from the 1970s, especially `Hotel Monterey'. This is a truly non-narrative film. Just a series of images from across Russia; often slow, amazingly long tracking shots (probably made from a car, but somehow rock steady), intercut with some long stationary wide angle shots, and shots of people in rooms, clearly staged. There's no dialogue and almost no music, only the incidental sounds of the place being photographed.

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.
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This is a very interesting, almost real-time meditation on life in the former Soviet Union. It starts a little slowly, but stay with it. The film consists of extended footage of life as it was lived - some of the sequences are wonderful. You feel like an observer visiting a very different universe.
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VERY interesting! It's a veritable time-capsule of a time and of places that no one else that I know of had the foresight to capture on film. Not to be missed!
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Great film with Chantal Akerman's wonderful style and eye for detail, marred by noisy visuals. I'd be interested to see if Criterion could clean this up at some point. It certainly deserves it.
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