Agnès Varda: Interviews

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2014 - 216 pagine

Over nearly sixty years, Agnès Varda (b. 1928) has given interviews that are revealing not only of her work, but of her remarkably ambiguous status. She has been called the "Mother of the New Wave" but suffered for many years for never having been completely accepted by the cinematic establishment in France. Varda's first film, La Pointe Courte (1954), displayed many of the characteristics of the two later films that launched the New Wave, Truffaut's 400 Blows and Godard's Breathless. In a low-budget film, using (as yet) unknown actors and working entirely outside the prevailing studio system, Varda completely abandoned the "tradition of quality" that Truffaut was at that very time condemning in the pages of Cahiers du cinema. Her work, however, was not "discovered" until after Truffaut and Godard had broken onto the scene in 1959. Varda's next film, Cleo from 5 to 7, attracted considerably more attention and was selected as France's official entry for the Festival in Cannes. Ultimately, however, this film and her work for the next fifty years continued to be overshadowed by her more famous male friends, many of whom she mentored and advised.

Her films have finally earned recognition as deeply probing and fundamental to the growing awareness in France of women's issues and the role of women in the cinema. "I'm not philosophical," she says, "not metaphysical. Feelings are the ground on which people can be led to think about things. I try to show everything that happens in such a way and ask questions so as to leave the viewers free to make their own judgments." The panoply of interviews here emphasize her core belief that "we never stop learning" and reveal the wealth of ways to answer her questions.

 

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Sommario

Agnès Varda from 5 to 7
3
The Hour of Truth
17
Agnès Varda
23
Interview with Agnès Varda
38
The Underground River
41
Lions Love
50
An Interview with Agnès Varda
53
Agnès Varda Talks about the Cinema
64
A Conversation
126
Interview with Varda on The Vagabond
139
Playing with Tarot Cards
150
A Very Worthy Young Woman
156
The Grandmother of the New Wave
160
An Interview with Agnès Varda
173
The Gleaners and I by Agnès Varda
183
Agnès Varda in Toronto
191

Interview with Agnès Varda
78
Agnès Varda
89
An Interview with Agnès Varda
92
Agnès Varda
102
Interview with Agnès Varda
108
Interview with Agnès Varda
118
An Interview
193
Gleaning the Passion of Agnès Varda
198
Additional Resources
203
Index
209
Copyright

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Informazioni sull'autore (2014)

T. Jefferson Kline has been a professor of French at Boston University since 1979 and is the author of Bertolucci's Dream Loom: A Psychoanalytic Study of Cinema and other books.

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