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.
This is as simple as it is beautiful. This short feminist manifesto is filled with great moments and visual choices - although I think it comes across a little bland. These women are really connected with the idea - and the men are so fake inside their thing it works.
At first, OK, I was like totally happy with the naked woman, but then, like, there were all these women being all judgmental and looking at me like I was thinking the wrong thoughts, OK. I didn't know what anyone was saying specifically, because they had French accents and stuff. Every once in a while I got to see more naked ladies which was OK. Luckily it was over in 8 minutes and I got credit for it, OK.
So beautiful and strong. And what feminism did bring new and kept contributing: women talking about themselves, expressing their own reality, their desires and views, owning their bodies, sexuality and politics. Deciding, dreaming. Not just setling for what men designed for them. So sweet and eloquent that segment with two women, both calm, firm and afirmative: "one, I want to have children, the other, I do not".
Agnes Varda is great! When we speak of the "Nouvelle Vague", she needs to be included, not just the men. La Pointe Courte (1954) was the first "Nouvelle Vague" film! All of her films are either very good, or superb.
this seems to be the start of the outwardly feminist period of varda's cinema. she begins to assume the persona that would become her staple in later works like vagabond. its fascinating to see how this sprung a whole new concept of film in varda's mind. fascinating.
If I had to guess at the purpose of a 'cine-leaflet', I'd say this one was direct and effective. Difficult, in 2015, to appreciate its content, though, as anything but an anthropological relic; most of what's presented (white, privileged, hetero- and cis- normative...) is pretty problematic. But I guess my ignorance of historical context just shows how many 2nd wave gains I take for granted. So... thanks Varda!