Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Chantal Akerman

 
Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Criterion DVD)

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  • Belgium, France
  • 1975
  • 201 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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  • Spine #484

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—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.

Cast

Jeanne Dielman Delphine Seyrig
Sylvain DielmanJan Decorte
First callerHenri Storck
Second caller Jacques Doniol-Valcroze
Third caller Yves Bical

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET

  • Restored digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Chantal Akerman
  • Autour de “Jeanne Dielman,” a 69-minute documentary—shot by actor Sami Frey and edited by Agnes Ravez and Akerman—made during the filming of Jeanne Dielman
  • New interviews with Akerman and cinematographer Babette Mangolte
  • Excerpt from “Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman,” a 1997 episode of the French television program Cinéma de notre temps
  • Interview with Akerman’s mother, Natalia
  • Archival television interview excerpt featuring Akerman and star Delphine Seyrig
  • Saute ma ville (1968), Akerman’s first film, with an introduction by the director
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ivone Margulies

    New cover by Steve Chow

Film Essays

A Matter of Time: Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

By Ivone Margulies August 18, 2009

Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles is Chantal Akerman’s masterpiece, a mesmerizing study of stasis and containment, time and domestic anxiety. Stretching its title character’s . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

A Criterion Feast

November 21, 2012


Clippings


Photo Galleries

The Oldest Profession

January 31, 2012


News

Akerman Takes on Conrad

December 15, 2010

We’re always excited to find out what the great, unpredictable auteur Chantal Akerman is up to. And Cineuropa reports that she’s in production on an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s first novel, . . . Read more »


News

Looking with Babette Mangolte

February 23, 2010

Babette Mangolte, the French-born, New York–residing artist best known to Criterion viewers for her work as cinematographer on so many of Chantal Akerman’s films (including most of the director’ . . . Read more »


On Five

We Have a Winner

October 29, 2009

With fifty-six terrific entries and more than six hours of content, it was difficult to pick a winner of the Jeanne Dielman–Criterion Collection Cooking Video Contest, but we finally came to a . . . Read more »


Announcements

Guide to the Jeanne Dielman Video Contest

October 07, 2009

Our Jeanne Dielman–Criterion Collection Cooking Video Contest on YouTube has been a huge success, thanks to scores of filmmakers who served up more than fifty delectable entries! We’ve been . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Jeanne Dielman

September 03, 2009

In his Huffington Post review of our new release of Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, Mike Miley notes that “Akerman was twenty-five years old when she made . . . Read more »


Contests


Film Essays

A Matter of Time: Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

By Ivone Margulies August 18, 2009

Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles is Chantal Akerman’s masterpiece, a mesmerizing study of stasis and containment, time and domestic anxiety. Stretching its title character’s . . . Read more »


Dispatches

Downtown With Jeanne Dielman

By J. Hoberman January 25, 2009

Conventional wisdom once held that any European film worth seeing passed through the New York Film Festival. Still, when I first began reviewing movies for the Village Voice in the late . . . Read more »