If many DVDs offer, for the greatest of our pleasures or for information, images from before the film, (the casting, preparation, location scouting, making of, trivia), we have chosen to show what happened after the release of the film The Gleaners and I. What happened to those whom we met in 2000, and how they reacted to the documentary, the effects of the film on all kinds of viewers. The mail Agnès received and how she answered. How, in the meantime, she met other Gleaners, as if there could be a Part II of the first film. And heart-shaped potatoes again…
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
a great follow up to a great documentary. varda follows to see the reaction to her initial works, while some dislike elements of it and some have changed altogether. plus, varda has more to say on her mortality. some of her images here are visual poetry. and its great to see how at one with these people she is, down to earth sometimes literally. the most loveable auteur i have seen.