The Cinema of Agnès Varda: Resistance and Eclecticism by Delphine

By Delphine

Agnès Varda, a pioneer of the French New Wave, has been making radical motion pictures for over part a century. a lot of those are thought of through students, filmmakers, and audiences alike, as audacious, seminal, and unforgettable. This quantity considers her creation as an entire, revisiting ignored motion pictures like Mur, Murs/Documenteur (1980--81), and connecting her cinema to contemporary deploy paintings. This examine demonstrates how Varda has resisted norms of illustration and diktats of construction. It additionally indicates how she has elaborated a private repertoire of pictures, characters, and settings, which all offer perception on their cultural and political contexts. The ebook therefore deals new readings of this director's multifaceted rêveries, arguing that her paintings can be noticeable as an aesthetically influential and ethically-driven construction the place cinema is either a political and collaborative perform, and a synesthetic artwork form.

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S. , … à saisir and features like Cléo de 5 à 7 and Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse. Studies by Sandy Flitterman-Lewis, Susan Hayward and Ginette Vincendeau have contributed to the recognition of Varda’s work, but their seminal analyses do not mean that Varda’s place in the history of French cinema is set in stone. In Henri-Paul Chevrier’s Le Cinéma de répertoire et ses mises en scène, for instance, Varda is swiftly assimilated with the Rive gauche group, then associated with feminist cinema in the 1970s, and finally described as a filmmaker practicing minimalist cinema (2004: 14, 90, 168).

The new wave per se lasts from 1958 through 1964’ (2007: xviii). 3 When referring to passages of Flitterman-Lewis’s book, I am using the second, expanded edition published in 1996 but it first came out in 1990. 4 As the publication dates suggest, this is probably because her monograph precedes by a few years the wave of new ‘theory of the senses’. 5 The panoramic nature of Tarr and Rollet’s project does not enable an in-depth discussion of Varda’s production. More importantly, they view Varda’s documentaries of the 1980s as depoliticised (see Tarr and Rollet 2000: 148), a claim that I would dispute, especially in the case of her Californian diptych Mur, Murs and Documenteur and Daguérreotypes.

5 The panoramic nature of Tarr and Rollet’s project does not enable an in-depth discussion of Varda’s production. More importantly, they view Varda’s documentaries of the 1980s as depoliticised (see Tarr and Rollet 2000: 148), a claim that I would dispute, especially in the case of her Californian diptych Mur, Murs and Documenteur and Daguérreotypes. 6 The opening of Deux Ans Après (2002), a film that Varda made following the astounding response she got for Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse, shows her self-deprecating humour, when she quickly shows all the trophies the film earned, and moves on to more interesting matters.

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