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Chantal Akerman

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The Resume

    (June 6, 1950-October 5, 2015)
    Born in Brussels, Belgium
    Directed the films 'Je tu il elle' (1974), 'Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles' (1975), 'Les rendezvous d'Anna' (1978), 'Toute une nuit' (1982), 'Histories d'Amerique' (1989), 'Nuit et jour' (1991), 'La captive' (2000), and 'La folie Almayer' (2011)

Why she might be annoying:

    She dropped out of film school after three months.
    She refused to let the New York Gay Film Festival screen 'Je tu il elle,' saying she did not want her work 'ghettoized.'
    She described her one attempt at a traditional commercial film -- 'A Couch in New York' (1996) with established stars Juliette Binoche and William Hurt -- as an unpleasant experience.
    The broadcast of the Cesars (the French equivalent of the Oscars) omitted her from the 'in memoriam' segment (2016).

Why she might not be annoying:

    Her parents were Holocaust survivors from Poland.
    She was a jury member at the 43rd Venice Film Festival (1986) and 41st Berlin Film Festival (1991).
    Todd Haynes said her films 'change your way of thinking, of seeing, of imagining cinema.'
    The New York Times called 'Jeanne Dielman' 'the first masterpiece' of feminist cinema.
    'Jeanne Dielman' was named greatest film of all time in the critics poll conducted by 'Sight and Sound' magazine (2022).

Credit: C. Fishel

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    For 2023, as of last week, Out of 28 Votes: 75.00% Annoying