Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles Blu-ray
Criterion | 1975 | 201 min | Not rated | May 09, 2017
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.66:1
French: LPCM Mono
Single disc (1 BD-50)
Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (The Criterion Collection)(1975) Blu-ray
A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine.
Director: Chantal Akerman
Writer: Chantal Akerman
Starring: Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, Henri Storck, Yves Bical
Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
Synopsis: A singular work in film history, Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles meticulously details, with a sense of impending doom, the daily routine of a middle-aged widow (Delphine Seyrig)—whose chores include making the beds, cooking dinner for her son, and turning the occasional trick. In its enormous spareness, Akerman's film seems simple, but it encompasses an entire world. Whether seen as an exacting character study or one of cinema's most hypnotic and complete depictions of space and time, Jeanne Dielman is an astonishing, compelling movie experiment, one that has been analyzed and argued over for decades.
- New 2K digital restoration undertaken by the Royal Belgian Film Archive, supervised by director of photography Babette Mangolte, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Autour de "Jeanne Dielman," a 69-minute documentary—shot by actor Sami Frey and edited by Agnes Ravez and director Chantal Akerman—made during the filming of Jeanne Dielman
- Interviews from 2009 with Akerman and Mangolte
- Excerpt from "Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman," a 1997 episode of the French television program Cinéma de notre temps
- Interview from 2007 with Akerman's mother, Natalia
- Excerpt from a 1976 television interview featuring Akerman and actor Delphine Seyrig
- Saute ma ville (1968), Akerman's first film, with an introduction by the director
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ivone Margulies
STREET DATE: MAY 9.