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509 Ratings

Lions Love

Directed by Agnès Varda
United States, 1969
Comedy, Romance, Cult
  • English
  • French


“The pressures here in Hollywood are so great, from all the dead people,” opines Warhol superstar Viva in Varda’s experimental feature, shot in Los Angeles in 1968.

Our take

Long unavailable, Agnès Varda’s award-winning Lions Love is an epochal look at America in 1968: a meditation on freedom, fantasy, decadence, and the Summer of Love going sour. An elusive 60s cult classic.

Lions Love Directed by Agnès Varda

What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Lions Love

    Agnes Varda makes an Andy Warhol film, but puts a lot more effort into it, and it shows. To star with, it's beautifully shot in Living Color ( as they called it in the 1960's) and the 1960's, especially 1960's Hollywood, deserves to be seen in color. The wallpaper! The clothes! The hair! with Warhol staple Viva Superstar and HAIR creators James Rado and Jerome Ragni.

  • DrFirestone's rating of the film Lions Love

    Set in the late 60's, very interesting times, when people lived their ideas, looking to find their freedom. This film conveys these times in a very natural way. It's a blend of a document and a trippy, dreamy experience. It feels genuine and true, some parts and dialogues surely were improvised on the go... A great commentary to what was going on in the USA, 1968...

  • msmichel's rating of the film Lions Love

    An artifact at this point shot in Hollywood in '68 that captures the hedonistic ennui of the 'we're all superstars' generation. Personified here by Viva (of Warhol fame) and her two lovers along with filmmaker Shirley Clarke who somewhat stands in for Varda herself here. Quirky and fun at points but alas never really is able to get beneath the masks of these improvised personalities. Just a relic really.

  • Makinist Klitorist's rating of the film Lions Love

    Halen seyrediyorum. Biri kadın üç eleman, kafalarına göre takılıyor. 60'lı yılların ortasında ABD'de yaşamak ve genç olmak varmış, deyu düşündüm birden. Film, garip bir şekilde hoşuma gitti. Ona uçuk kaçık söylencenin içinde, paranın realitesinin tartışılması da ayrı bir güzellik olmuş. Hayaller ve gerçekler styla. Ayı kafayla seyredilmez ama...

  • EdieEmm's rating of the film Lions Love

    Conceptually astute (& deceptively lucid) experimental meta vérité. Which sounds as pretentious as it is, and Varda knew it, and used it; in structure, as in content, this is a film where even 'whimsy' is contrived (and where audience, characters, actors, directors have all found it tiresome by the end). Rich and perceptive analysis of 60s USA (and of course of film itself) as embodiment of the problem of 'the real'.

  • Ted Thompson's rating of the film Lions Love

    Valid reflection on a society absorbed in triviality and self-importance. All the world's a stage. Politicians are the best actors, according to the lead actor. Robert Kennedy cannot escape from Hawaii paradise and Disneyland: a tragic hero. In the movies there is little to distinguish between pretense and pretending. This movie concludes with one lead character telling the audience "I'm in a movie and you are not."

  • Ark V's rating of the film Lions Love

    A wonderful process of film making as ever from Agnes Varda, it's easy to feel you are drifting in and out of the script, actors improvisations and the films concept itself.

  • 'king Harold's rating of the film Lions Love

    Loved it daahling! Viva is exactly like a girlfriend of mine we lived the boho life in 90's NY and London, she drove me mad as I tried to get her to admit to 'reality', I was such a bore...still am darling! My first Varda film and I can't believe how wonderful it is. Viva was on the phone to Andy when he was shot? She is wonderful, the clothes, the house, so funny. Great companion piece to Punishment Park.