Babette Mangolte: Camera Studies
Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
dir. Chantal Akerman, Belgium/France, 1975, 35mm, 201 min.
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 middleaged 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.
Since relocating to New York from her native France in the early 1970s, Babette Mangolte has forged a singular path across the art and cinema worlds. As a director, cinematographer, and documentarian, Mangolte has amassed an extensive body of work that intersects with the worlds of dance, performance art, and experimental film. In her New York years, Mangolte documented some of the era’s most important performers and artists in both still and moving images. In these works, her collaborative partners include Chantal Akerman, Trisha Brown, Richard Foreman, and Yvonne Rainer. Her own films range from experimental narratives to artist documentaries, both short and featurelength.
Camera Studies, a collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, focuses primarily on Mangolte’s work in film, with several screenings culminating in a public conversation with the artist and special guests on April 1st.
Babette Mangolte: Camera Studies has been supported by a grant from the The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
Additional Support has been provided by the Cinema Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania.