Chantal Akerman. Lecture by Ivone Margulies about LES RENDEZ-VOUS D’ANNA

The Inventor of Forms. The Cinema of Chantal Akerman

»Serial Talking and the Demystification of the 1970s« Lecture by Prof. Ivone Margulies

29.11.2018 at the DFF cinema.

LES RENDEZ-VOUS D’ANNA uses an antinaturalistic mode of addressing the audience: A character repeatedly addresses a silent listener. This detailed dialogue serves to involve the audience in an exchange of ideas. At the same time, it transforms the interpersonal drama into a material for reflection. This lecture poses the question of how contemporary realities can be thematized in films with a lot of dialogue/monologue, such as Jean-Pierre Melville’s LE SILENCE DE LA MER (1949) or Robert Bresson’s LE DIABLE PROBABLEMENT (1976).

Ivone Margulies is Professor of Film Studies at Hunter College, City University of New York. Her publications include Nothing Happens: Chantal Akerman’s Hyperrealist Everyday (1996), Rites of Realism: Essays on Corporeal Cinema (2003), and most recently In Person: Reenactment in Postwar and Contemporary Cinema (2018).

France, Belgium, Germany 1978
Director: Chantal Akerman