Friday, June 1, 2018


It's easy to just blindly say how influential Chantal Akerman is/was. It's another thing to give concrete examples of her influence. Below are a few examples of her influence on modern film straight from the mouths of the filmmakers who took/borrowed from her.


Its loose story of a journey seems inspired by (and comes to close to sharing the philosophy of) Chantal Akerman’s Les Rendezvous d’Anna - David Gregory Lawson on Linklater's It's Impossible To Learn To Plow By Reading Books

(Linklater sites Akerman as an influence on his work on the commentary track of the Criterion disc for It's Impossible To Learn To Plow By Reading Books)

Saute Ma Ville / It's Impossible To Learn To Plow...

Les Rendezvous D'Anna / It's Impossible To Learn To Plow...

Je Tu Il Elle / It's Impossible To Learn To Plow...

She made films which meant a lot to me at the time. She was already a heroine in the cinema world - Claire Denis

Les Rendezvous D'Anna/ Chocolat

Toute Une Nuit / U.S. Go Home

Toute Une Nuit / 35 Shots Of Rum
Les Rendezvous D'Anna / 10 minutes older

No doubt Jim Jarmucsh was taking notes - Scott Tobias on Akerman's (possible) influence

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to. - Jim Jarmusch

Je Tu Il Elle / Stranger Than Paradise

News From Home /
Permanent Vacation

Saute Ma Ville / Stranger Than Paradise

Seeing Jeanne Dielman for the first time was just a formative jolt of inspiration - Todd Haynes

Jeanne Dielman / Safe


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