HôTEL MONTEREY

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HôTEL MONTEREY

Chantal Akerman
B, 1972
63min, stumm

HôTEL MONTEREY

Chantal Akerman
B, 1972
, 63min, stumm

Production: 
Chantal Akerman
World Sales: 
Distribution in Austria: 
16 mm/Farbe

New York City's Monterey is a residence hotel; the residents we see are older, most live alone. The camera, usually stationery, begins with a look into the lobby. The film ends with a panorama from the hotel's rooftop. There's no soundtrack. The lobby is clean with granite floors. Men wear hats. People enter and exit an elevator. The camera looks out from within the elevator as doors open and close. People sit alone and motionless in their apartments. There are long shots of empty halls. Paint peels. The flooring on upper levels is linoleum. Hall lights are florescent. Doors open a crack then close. The film provides the feeling of what it's like to live there.