Paradise Films - Movies
Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1976)
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles is Chantal
Akerman's 1975 experiment in film form, an astonishing work of
subtextual feminism which has to count as one of the seminal films of
the 1970s. As esteemed critic Manny Farber noted, Akerman's portrait
of the daily household routines and self-imposed patterns of a Belgian
single mother successfully merged such diverse generic movements as
the matriarchal passion play, the architectural ethnography, and the
non-narrative examinations of filmed space pioneered by Michael Snow
and Andy Warhol into one cohesive precis. Because Akerman's scenario
and her realization of it are so provocatively heterogeneous, and
because the interpretations of the film's place in the canon of great
cinema are so varied (and also because Akerman's editing rhythms and
pacing are as methodical and unhurried as Stanley Kubrick's), some
have called it the "domestic 2001."
Produced by
Corinne Jénart
Evelyne Paul

Cinematography by
Babette Mangolte

Film Editing by
Patricia Canino
Assistant editor
Martine Chicot
Catherine Huhardeaux

Art Direction by
Philippe Graff
Assistant art editor
Jean-Pol Ferbus

Assistant Director
Serge Brodsky
Marianne De Muylder
Marilyn Watelet

Sound Department

Sound recordist
Bénie Deswarte
Françoise Van Thienen

Sound re-recordist
Jean-Paul Loublier

Sound editor
Alain Marchall