Night -- Drama, Sex -- Drama

Toute une nuit

(All Night Long)


Angelo Abazsoglou, Natalie Akerman, Aurore Clément, Jan Decleir,

This lovely film might be Akerman’s postmodernist version of a city symphony, its beautifully paced rhythms and variations somehow “outside” the melody. It looks in on dozens of mini dramas that take place during one warm, muggy, thundery night in Brussels. The camera follows the characters through the bars, apartments, restaurants, and streets of the city Akerman knows best, recording the action with a sly sense of humor. The subject is love—the impulse that thrusts two beings together, the awkwardness and exhilaration of contact, the desires, the disappointments. There are many actors but no characters, and fewer than one hundred words are spoken. Cahiers du cinéma called it a “comédie sentimentale treated as a choreographed dance.”

  • Chantal Akerman
  • Caroline Champetier
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 90 mins
  • Harvard Film Archive
  • Chantal Akerman Foundation

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Chantal Akerman: the integrity of exile and the everyday (article), LOLA Press, Jonathan Rosenbaum, 2012

Toute une nuit (aka All night long) (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2005

Toute une nuit (All night long) (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2004

Exalting the everyday: the cinema of Chantal Akerman (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, Susan Oxtoby, 1998

Toronto (article), Artforum, Jonathan Rosenbaum, 1992

Toute une nuit (review), Village Voice, J. Hoberman, 1989

The films of Chantal Akerman (article), Art Institute of Chicago. Film Center, 1985

Toute une heure Corinne Squire talks to Chantal Akerman (interview), Screen, Corinne Squire, 1984

French film week: Toute une nuit (press release), France. Ambassade . Services culturels (U.S.), 1983

Up against the kitchen wall, Chantal Akerman's meta-cinema (article), Village Voice, B. Ruby Rich, 1983

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