Walker Art Center

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Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Directed by Chantal Akerman

Part of And Yet She Moves: Reviewing Feminist Cinema

Jeanne Dielman meticulously plots a Brussels widow’s daily ritual of household chores. Working with an almost all-female crew, 25-year-old Akerman utilized long takes and scrupulous framing to create this startling work. “Before Akerman, no one had ever made a film examining emptiness, and made it so empty. It’s a masterpiece that writes its own rules about how movies express themselves—you can’t compare it to other films, not even Akerman’s” (IFC.com). Featuring an astonishing performance by Delphine Seyrig. 1975, 35mm, 201 minutes.

Introduced by Paula Rabinowitz, Department of English, University of Minnesota


The series is co-organized by the Walker Art Center and the University of Minnesota.

Copresented by the Arts & Humanities Chair 2011–2013, Moving Image Studies, and the departments of English, German, Scandinavian & Dutch; and Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. Additional support provided by the Morton Zabel Fund of the Department of English.