To the question “What is a woman?” posed by a television station, a few women filmmakers have responded, including Agnès Varda. This cine-leaflet is a possible answer, and is called “Our Bodies, Our Sex.” On screen, a pregnant woman, naked, dancing, and laughing lustily, sparked complaints written to the TV station. The film is about women’s body—our body—our object-body, our taboo-body, our body with or without children. How can we live our body?
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
This is a fantastic short film of a past generation's feminism. The short gets the message across while still holding true to the 70's New Way aesthetic. Any individual could benefit from watching, as women are still fighting for these very same rights: Not to be sexualized in every way, shape and form, and not to be treated any less than a male in society.