Agnès Varda’s fascinating, formally bold portrait-tribute to her partner of 32 years, Jacques Demy, recounts his influences and inspirations, his beginnings as an artist, and constructs its own (extra-marital) intertextual relationship between Varda and Demy’s two singular styles of filmmaking.
A classic in Varda’s filmography, this film is as uncompromising in its portrayal of a woman who will not adjust as it is in its daring story structure. Winner of the Golden Lion in Venice, it is both a testimony of the director’s profound humanism and of her critical eye on our social judgments.
With her signature voice-over and observational eye, the late Agnès Varda wandered around the streets of Paris to survey caryatids, the female sculptures that ornate the capital’s buildings. With poetry, song, and historical anecdotes, Varda takes us on a delightful and playful architectural walk.
Long unavailable, the 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. MUBI is proud to present this elusive 60s cult classic, while paying tribute to our beloved, and greatly missed, Agnès Varda.
Master documentarian and cinema activist Agnès Varda took her camera into a hotbed of 60s tension—and emerged with a sober, provocative and historical short film all too relevant today. Filmed during protests against Huey Newton’s trial, Black Panthers witnesses speeches from the movement’s leaders.
French New Wave “godmother” Agnès Varda’s unique 1963 docu-photo-essay is a playful portrait of the island of Cuba through its people, its music, but more importantly through the reforms of the recent revolution. As much an informative historical document as an inventive and sparkling film.
The justifiably best known film from the French New Wave’s sole female “member”—she in fact proceeded the movement and exceeded the “brand”—Agnès Varda’s sublime day-in-the-life masterpiece brought an essential female perspective to the streets of Paris too often shot from a male point of view.
This short film is both a whimsical celebration of sensual love and an affectionate portrait of a Paris street. By juxtaposing shots of faces and shop windows with images of an embracing couple, Agnès Varda builds a tender contrast between a personal romance and the collective life of the quarter.
Made independently, with no backing and no budget, Agnes Varda was just 26 when she wrote & directed this stark, precocious relationship drama, approaching various themes she would later develop further in Le bonheur. An inspiring first impression of a now-legendary filmmaker.