Jacquot Demy is a little boy at the end of the thirties. His father owns a garage and his mother is a hairdresser. The whole family lives happily and likes to sing and to go to the movies. Jacquot is fascinated by every kind of show (theatre, cinema, puppets). He buys a camera to shoot his first amateur film… An evocation of French cineast Jacques Demy’s childhood and vocation for the cinema and the musicals. —IMDb
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
In '91 this was my first taste of either Demy or Varda and it wound up being one of my fav films that year. Watching it now after becoming familiar with their perspective works the film is even more satisfying. What a lovely tribute to one's spouse while remaining high art and somewhat experimental. A mix of b&w and colour, of narrative and home movie and in the end a tribute not only to Demy but to cinema itself.
Un film de una dulzura exquisita, una biografía de la infancia de Jacques Demy que asimismo es un poema visual de amor, y a la vez una elegía, porque allí está ese cuerpo del hombre amado que ya era un fantasma y que la pantalla, como una vaga escena de ultratumba, recrea, ilumina y vacía en la playa de Agnes.
"In the next two weeks," announces Not Coming to a Theater Near You, "in coordination with the availability of a great chunk of her oeuvre
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