“The characters move through the mall with heroic grandeur (…) A stream of glass framed luxury boutiques with riveting displays. Behind windows, the occasional glimpses of perfectly made-up faces, now and then a look is held, usually a woman’s (…) And yet, they sometimes seem like the last of the Hollywood stars in their spotlights, so near but so unattainable, only separated from their audience by a glass door which remains always open”.Chantal Akerman
Golden Eighties is a film about the world of shopkeepers and boutiques that Chantal Alerman knows well from her parents and she has chosen to treat this world in a rhythmic, choreographed way. She began to see Lubitsch, Capra, Cukor and, preserved in the archives, collected photos of Hollywood stars as distant references for her characters.
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