Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  64 minutes
Date:  2001
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English / English subtitles
Grade level: 11-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman

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A reflection of filmmaker Chantal Akerman on filmmaking, both through her words and excerpts from her films.

Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman

When asked to participate in the Cinema, of Our Time series, Chantal Akerman jokingly suggested herself as subject matter. She envisioned a film consisting solely of excerpts from her films, but when pressed by the producers to include footage of herself, Akerman grudgingly agreed, and divided the film into two parts.

The first part opens with Akerman in her apartment, reading from a text directly to the camera, describing the problems she encountered making this film. What emerges from this mise-en-scene is a funny, often personal, and always thoughtful confession from this extremely perceptive filmmaker.

Part two lets Akerman's films speak for her, taking clips from her extensive filmography and linking them anonymously until they form a new film. There are scenes from Jeanne Dielman, her best-known film, but also glimpses of several other works - forays into experimental film, comedic shorts, musicals, narrative features - including an early short that stars a very young Chantal.

'One of the finest filmmakers working anywhere ... an excellent introduction to her work. A Must-See.' - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

'Recommended. If viewers can put aside their notions of what a documentary about a filmmaker is supposed to do, they will find that Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman offers a surprisingly illuminating introduction to Akerman's work.' - Educational Media Reviews Online


** 1997 San Francisco International Film Festival


Main credits

Akerman, Chantal (screenwriter)
Akerman, Chantal (film director)

Other credits

Image, Rémon Fromont, Philippe Gilles; montage, Claire Atherton, Virginie Bruant; musique, Georges Delerue.

Distributor credits

Written and Directed by Chantal Akerman

Docuseek2 subjects

Women's Studies

Distributor subjects

Cinema Studies
Women's Studies


Akerman; Chantal Chantal Akerman; Feminism; Jeanne Dielman; Captive; Couch in New York; Night and Day ; Window Shopping ; Paris Seen By... 20 Years After ; I, You, She, He Je, Tu, Il, Elle; Beloved Child, or I Play at Being a Married Woman; self; portrait; documentary; film; video; gaze; woman; avant-garde; "Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman"; Icarus Films

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