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Libraries' lecture and screenings highlight acclaimed foreign film

Scene from Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles.
Image courtesy of New Yorker Films.

The Rutgers University Libraries invite members of the Rutgers community and the general public to activities focused on the acclaimed Belgian film - Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles - to celebrate the Libraries acquisition of a newly struck 16 mm print of the landmark motion picture.

UCLA Professor Janet Bergstrom will present a lecture on the filmmaker,
"Chantal Akerman: Nomadic"
Wednesday April 16th, 5:00 pm in the Scholarly Communication Center, 4th floor
Alexander Library, on Rutgers' College Ave. campus
She will address the themes of identity, memory, and gender embedded in the film and its impact on later films in related genres.
A reception will follow the lecture.

Screenings of the film, Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, will held:
* Wednesday April 2nd, 5:00 pm
Scholarly Communication Center, 4th floor, Alexander Library
* Friday April 11th, 7:00 pm
Milledoler Hall, room 100, on Rutgers College Ave. Campus.

To RSVP for the lecture, send email to or call 732.932.7505.

Event sponsors are the Rutgers University Libraries, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, and Cinema Studies Program. Cosponsors are the Department of English, New Jersey Film Festival, Feminist Art Project, and Institute for Women and Art.

More about the April 16th lecture:
"Chantal Akerman: Nomadic" is a demonstration, through spoken texts and film extracts, of the push-pull between stasis and wandering in films that crisscross Belgian/Parisian filmmaker Chantal Akerman's entire body of work. Whether fiction films or documentaries, Akerman is caught up in a particular idea of autobiography. Her nomadic trajectory, and her signature, oblique "in-between-ness", may be expressed in terms of sexual identity or an indirect feminism or a mother-daughter bond marked by her own mother's history as a survivor of a WWII extermination camp, an experience that could never be spoken about.

More about the speaker:
Janet Bergstrom's current research involves archivally-based, cross-cultural studies of European directors who worked in more than one national cinema, such as Jean Renoir, F.W. Murnau and Fritz Lang, as well as contemporary French/Francophone directors Claire Denis and Chantal Akerman. Her work has been published in English, French, German, Italian and Japanese.
Recent essays include: "Opacity in the Films of Claire Denis" in French Civilization and Its Discontents: Nationalism, Colonialism, Race, "Murnau in Amerika: 'The German Genius'" in Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau: Ein Melancholiker des Films (Berlin), "Invented Memories" in Identity and Memory: The Films of Chantal Akerman, "Murnau in America: Chronicle of Lost Films (4 Devils, City Girl)," Film History (winter 2002) and "Bibliotheque du Film, Paris: A Fire and its Consequences," Film History (spring 2003). Her essay "Keeping A Distance (The Innovators 1970-1980: Chantal Akerman)," published in Sight & Sound, is on-line at: Other publications include Endless Night: Cinema and Psychoanalysis, Parallel Histories. She was founding co-editor of Camera Obscura from 1974-1992.

Posted March 18, 2008