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|HOTEL MONTEREY (director/writer: Chantal Akerman; cinematographer: Babette Mangolte; editor: Geneviève Luciani; Runtime: 62; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Chantal Akerman; Criterion Collection; 1972-France-silent)|
|"Simulates the experience one gets in an
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman writes
and directs this early experimental film (she was only 22), that's shot
as a silent in an
inexpensive Upper West Side NYC
It's framed like an Edward Hopper tableaux, as
its snooping camera brings out a surprising beauty in the dark
corridors, elevators, rooms and to
the mostly elderly occupants who try avoiding the camera. It also
captures a strange sense of isolation and
a deathly quiet, that sort of creeps you out. Touring Hotel Monterey
simulates the experience one gets in an art gallery, when viewing one's
favorite artist. There's no
intention of Akerman's personal film having any commercial value, as
this one is strictly for cinephiles.
REVIEWED ON 6/24/2010 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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