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Watch Chantal Akerman’s Rare Short ‘Family Business’

Written by on August 19, 2019 

Continuing their run of streaming rare (if not impossible-to-find) works by beloved auteurs, Le Cinéma Club present, until August 30, Chantal Akerman’s Family Business, a short about filmmaking, financing, acting, and why all of these things are, at heart, totally absurd. It was not uncommon for Akerman to dress her personal experiences in a fictional garb (such is the thesis of her essential Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman), yet her candor was continually refreshing–here because it’s funny, genuinely funny.

Chaplin was her own point of comparison, though its reliance on few set-ups, play with the repetition between them, and focus on the family unit are pure Akerman. And great as many of his leading ladies were, Chaplin never had Aurore Clément.

Watch it here.


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