ISSN: 20509790
First published in 2014
3 issues per volume
Volume 3 Issue 1
Cover Date: March 2016
Held captive in frames: Reconstructing 1970s New York through Chantal Akerman’s Hotel Monterey and News from Home
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Authors:  Marlon T. L. Fink 
DOI: 10.1386/jucs.3.1.93_1

Chantal Akerman,Gilles Deleuze,New York,any-space-whatever,milieux,opsign,peripateticism,bal(l)ade,urban voyage

In 2011, Chantal Akerman and Nicole Brenez engaged in a series of conversations, published as an extensive transcript entitled ‘Chantal Akerman: The pajama interview’. Essentially this transcript is a uniquely personal and in-depth enquiry into the film-maker’s life, thus marking a possible starting point from which to analyse Akerman’s Hotel Monterey (1972) and News from Home (1976). Both films were shot in 1970s New York, almost entirely by cinematographer Babette Mangolte, and are ideal for contrasting such Deleuzian concepts as the ‘any-space-whatever’, space(s) of transience/transition and milieux (the hotel: its lobby, floors, corridors, etc.; public transportation: subways, overground lines, cabs, the ferry; etc.). In both films, Akerman’s timing and framing of shots – above all the reduction to an extended opsign (Hotel Monterey) – creates autonomous, material realities and spaces for the spectator to contemplate in a cinema of the seer par excellence.
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