The Best and Most Boring Movie Like Ever Returns

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01/23/2009 10:00 AM |


Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, a movie everybody should see, even if only once, gets a new 35mm print and a weeklong Film Forum
run starting today, which is I think surely the most projector time the
movie (completely unrentable) has received since its 1983 U.S. bow.
Made when its writer-director, Chantal Akerman, was 25 (in the
above-linked piece, Dennis Lim points out that this is also how old
Orson Welles was when he made Citizen Kane; I think he’s doing
this just to depress me), it’s some kinda masterpiece — controlled,
formally daring, intellectually daunting.

I review it in the current issue: “Less a test of stamina than of
faith, Jeanne Dielman is three hours and twenty minutes of cinema
uncluttered by content.” And so on.