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Hotel Monterey, 1972

Criterion Challenge 2022
Progress: 11/52
Prompt: Watch a movie directed by Chantal Akerman

I cleverly missed that this was a silent movie! I probably would have chosen something more accessible to me had I known, but all in all I’m glad I didn’t. While 60-odd minutes of silent, mostly static shots of mostly a hotel interior are never going to be my jam, I appreciated the hypnotic development of the film. Bottom to top, fewer and fewer people until eventually we escape into the light. The first scene with a window was weirdly breathtaking.

No rating because it just doesn’t fit on my scale: everything else I watch is a narrative.

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