Agnès Varda eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer (Corinne Marchand) set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman’s life, Cléo from 5 to 7 is a spirited mix of vivid vérité and melodrama, featuring a score by Michel Legrand (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and cameos by Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina. —The Criterion Collection
Agnès Varda has been called the “Grandmother of the New Wave,” a well-meaning if curious tribute for a woman who directed her first feature film at the age of 26. Born in Brussels, Varda studied literature and psychology at the Sorbonne, and art history at the École du Louvre. She’d originally wanted to be a museum curator, but a night-school course in photography changed her mind. Rapidly establishing herself as a top-rank still photographer, Varda became the official cameraperson for the Theatre Festival of Avignon and the Theatre National Populaire, and then pursued a career as a photojournalist.
Encouraged by filmmaker Alain Resnais, Varda made her movie directorial bow in 1955 with La Pointe Courte. She based the film on a William Faulkner short story, to which she was attracted because of its parallel plotlines (a recurring device in her later films). That same year, she accompanied another future New Wave director, Chris Marker, to China as visual advisor for his Dimanche… read more
Just... perfect. A brilliant vision of a woman whose colleagues don't care for her, whose lover doesn't have time for her, whose best friend is too busy in her own life - nobody really understands her. When she meets someone new, you can taste this sense of conquering something over disease. A beautifully done portrait of a day full of fear, superstition, signs and discoveries, playing between smiles and tears.
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The Auteurs—MUBI's center for film curation—is collaborating with Agnès Varda to show the filmmaker's shorts and features online, many of which
To celebrate the Le cinema d’Agnès Varda, the virtual retrospective currently running on The Auteurs, I thought I'd take a look at Varda’s
Photo by Fabrizio Maltese/EF Press/fabriziomaltese.com. One of most exhilarating moments for us in Cannes a few weeks ago was announcing
(1) Agnès Varda and Jean-Luc Godard: (2) Jerry Lewis:
This is a brilliant film: well-directed, the cinematography is exceptional, and a wonderful story that is tighter, and smarter than it perhaps first seems.
When I first saw this, some 6 years… read review
I was really disappointed with this film. Or rather, parts of this film. Agnes Varda calls it a portrait of a woman painted onto a documentary of 1960’s Paris. The documentary part I like (the scene… read review
Cleo From 5 to 7 summed up in one sentence: In this worrisome world, life always finds a way to bring you back to serenity.
—> reassurance -—> serenity….repeat… read review