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Dec 21, 2019

In our 2nd episode devoted to a TIFF retrospective, we cover News From Home: The Films of Chantal Akerman and share with you our excitement about a new favourite director. Topics that come up in the course of discussing Akerman's obsessional-yet-variegated filmography include Freud, mothers, the historico-geographic basis of identity, the nature of desire, passivity, projection, politics, Hitchcock, comedy, ghosts, gender. Films discussed in depth include NO HOME MOVIE, JEANNE DIELMAN, LA CAPTIVE, JE TU IL ELLE, LES RENDEZ-VOUS D'ANNA, A COUCH IN NEW YORK, and the US-Mexico border documentary FROM THE OTHER SIDE. Then, in our Recently-Viewed section, we discuss two more Scorseses, THE AGE OF INNOCENCE and THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST, and two movies viewed in one day on either side of NO HOME MOVIE (like the two crucified thieves), William Wellman's 1937 A STAR IS BORN (the best version, in our opinion), and Michael Mann's epic cops-and-robbers movie HEAT, wherein an outrageous Pacino tenderly yet relentlessly pursues a Stoic De Niro.

Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:          Episode outline   

0h 02m 59s:          Chantal Akerman

1h 58m 22s:          Fall Cinemagoing Update

2h 42m 38s:          Winter 2020 TIFF Cinematheque notes                                                           


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