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I noticed how the filmmakers decided to shoot two different types of scenes: Firstly, there were the still shots, where there was a stationary camera filming the background. This was shown mostly during subway scenes and a few street scenes just like the opening alley scene where a car slowly turns to the camera and smoothly passes by. However, various still shots still included some type of movement whether it was people walking or cars passing through. Furthermore, there were the moving shots. This feature was shown when Akerman was filming while riding a car or when slowly moving the camera while standing to increase the panoramic view. The transition between these two types of shots captured the essence of the city without disturbing the theme of the film. Although the transitions are not certainly as smooth from one
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Juliao 3 into another, the abrupt changes between scenes create a feeling of both engagement and detachment from the viewer. This is not a film I would recommend to the average person, since it takes a lot of patience to sit through the whole film showing scenes where no one is interacting with the viewer and instead the viewer is contemplating the city. However, once I started to get the dynamic of the film, I began to get engaged in the letters. Will Akerman ever show a response? Did she ever come back to Brussels? Did her mom finally come to New York? Several questions began to speed through my mind which made me want to keep listening to the film to know what was going to occur. Several times I was feeling with impotence since I listened to how desperate
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  • Fall '19
  • Chantal Akerman

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