Monsieur Cinéma—once an author, director and producer—is now nearly one hundred years old, but doesn’t look it. He lives in a castle decorated like a Museum of Movies. A butler, Firmin, takes care of him. His best audience is his good buddy Marcello and his favorite one is Camille, a beautiful, vivacious cinephile he’s hired to give his memory a daily aerobic work out. She is delighted when famous actors drop by to visit their old friend. He doesn’t care about his age anymore, it is the golden age for him, rich and happy forever.
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
Por supuesto, cualquiera que lea la ficha tecnica de esta cosa quedara impresionado por un reparto verdaderamente espectacular, sin embargo, se trata de todo un ejercicio de pena ajena, en el que la realizadora muestra sin recato su cinefilia cursi, aderezado con una trama estupida que resulta un mero pretexto para incluir numerosas vistas del festival de Cannes. Michel Piccoli jamas se viò en un rol tan nefasto.
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