Along the French road she travels, Agnes meets with “gleaners.” These people, men or women, are gatherers, recyclers, genuine treasure hunters. Out of necessity, chance, or choice, the gleaners deal with what others have discarded. There world is an astonishing one that has nothing to do with that of the ancient gleaners, those peasant women who gathered the wheat left behind after the harvest.
Agnes is a gleaner too, and her film is a subjective one. There’s no age limit to curiosity. Filming itself is gleaning.
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
internet itself is a huge, global field of gleaning, with vaguely legal moves in its territory. is it 5 kilos of oysters, is it 7GB of information? what would be poor's hedonism without youtube concerts, pirate flicks and sounds, online galleries and windows cracks?
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
I don’t get anything out of the subject of crop gleaning (I grew up on a ranch, so all the wonder at scraps left over from the harvest seems dumb to me), but none of that matters. It’s an enchanting… read review