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Belgium, 1983 (MIFF 1984)

Director: Chantal Akerman

The Melbourne Him Festival has been showing Chantal Akerman's highly original and demanding films regularly over the years ("Jeanne Dielrnan", "Les Rendezvous D'Anna", "Toute Une Nuit",) with varying success. Her latest, "The Eighties", is the most entertaining of her oeuvre so farand is likely to appeal to critics and broader audiences.

The film falls into two parts; an account of the proposed production work on a musical, and some filmed scenes from the proposed production. The longer 50 minute part of the film takes us behind the scenes and shows a videotaped record of the preparations from script readings to casting and the testing of the singers and dancers, individually and in groups.

Tongue-in-cheek, Akerman herself appears to sing a song during a casting session. The actually filmed sequences show musical numbers staged against a variety of backgrounds, such as a clothes shop and a studio street scene. Though the musical is far from finished, it appears from Akerman's closing remarks that she may have found backing for her project in Israel; "between a script and a movie one must go through a whole landscape".

See also...


Belgium, France, 1986
“Like Jacques Demy on speed.” - Time Out ... Chantal Akerman's candy-coloured musical is set entirely in a Parisian shopping mall, in an unashamed celebration of 80s French pop, young love and fr… More »


France, 1965
“I saw Pierrot le fou by chance… I decided to make movies the same night.” - filmmaker Chantal Akerman. ... Marking a transition between Jean-Luc Godard's earlier works and his later more … More »


Belgium/France/West Germany, 1978
In 1975, Chantal Akerman made Jeanne Dielrnan, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, and since then, she has been in the forefront of a developing feminist cinema. Les rendez-vous d'Anna Chantal Akerm… More »


France, 1982
lmages of night and images of love are ... interwoven with each other, couples ... meet and separate, fragments of life are ... captured in short scenes. They don't tell ... a story, and yet, they te… More »


Belgium, 1983
The film follows the dance group of Pina Bausch in Germany, Italy and Avignon in France during her most recent European tour. It shows the working atmosphere, the presentation, the intense rehearsals… More »

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