The Films of Agnès Varda

The Films of Agnès Varda

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A founder of the French New Wave who became an international art-house icon, Agnès Varda was a fiercely independent, restlessly curious visionary whose work was at once personal and passionately committed to the world around her. In an abundant career in which she never stopped expanding the notion of what a movie can be, Varda forged a unique cinematic vocabulary that frequently blurs the boundaries between narrative and documentary, and entwines loving portraits of her friends, her family, and her own inner world with a social consciousness that was closely attuned to the 1960s counterculture, the women’s liberation movement, the plight of the poor and socially marginalized, and the ecology of our planet. This comprehensive collection is a testament to the radical vision, boundless imagination, and radiant spirit of a true original for whom every act of creation was a vital expression of her very being.

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The Films of Agnès Varda
  • Kung-Fu Master!

    Episode 1

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 1988 • France
    Starring Jane Birkin, Mathieu Demy, Charlotte Gainsbourg

    Made concurrently with Agnès Varda’s portrait of Jane Birkin, JANE B. PAR AGNÈS V., KUNG-FU MASTER! is a true family affair, achieving a sense of of lived-in intimacy by casting the actor’s real-life...

  • Jane B. par Agnès V.

    Episode 2

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 1988 • France
    Starring Jane Birkin, Agnès Varda, Charlotte Gainsbourg

    The interests, obsessions, and fantasies of two singular artists converge in this inspired collaboration between Agnès Varda and her longtime friend the actor Jane Birkin. Made over the course of a ye...

  • Jacquot de Nantes

    Episode 3

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 1991 • France
    Starring Philippe Maron, Édouard Joubeaud, Laurent Monnier

    Agnès Varda’s tender evocation of the childhood of her husband, Jacques Demy—a dream project that she realized for him when he became too ill to direct it himself—is a wonder-filled portrait of the...

  • The Young Girls Turn 25

    Episode 4

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 1993 • France

    For this documentary about the making of THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT, filmmaker Agnès Varda, director Jacques Demy’s widow, returned to the town of Rochefort for the film’s twenty-fifth anniversary. In it, she interviews actors Catherine Deneuve, Jacque...

  • The World of Jacques Demy

    Episode 5

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 1995 • France, Belgium, Spain

    Hollywood has had its fair share of power couples; husband and wife duos that have each enjoyed illustrious careers in the film industry. In France, one of the most noteworthy marital unions occurred when Jacques Demy and Agnès Varda tied...

  • One Hundred and One Nights

    Episode 6

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 1995 • France
    Starring Michel Piccoli, Marcello Mastroianni, Henri Garcin

    A celebration of cinema’s centennial, ONE HUNDRED AND ONE NIGHTS finds Agnès Varda at her most playful. It is also perhaps her unlikeliest project: a star-studded comic fantasy with an extravagant...

  • The Gleaners and I

    Episode 7

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 2000 • France
    Starring Agnès Varda

    Agnès Varda’s extraordinary late-career renaissance began with this wonderfully idiosyncratic, self-reflexive documentary in which the French cinema icon explores the world of modern-day gleaners: those living on the margins who surviv...

  • The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later

    Episode 8

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 2002 • France
    Starring Agnès Varda

    Agnès Varda’s charming follow-up to her acclaimed documentary THE GLEANERS AND I is a deceptively unassuming grace note that takes us deeper into the world of those who find purpose and beauty in the refuse of society. Revisiting many ...

  • Le lion volatil

    Episode 9

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 2003 • France
    Starring Julie Depardieu, David Deciron, Frédérick E. Grasser-Hermé

    Rom-com meets documentary in this charming hybrid that unfolds in the shadow of the regal Lion of Belfort, the sculptural mascot of Paris’s 14th arrondissement, where Agnès Varda lived mos...

  • Ydessa, les ours et etc. . . .

    Episode 10

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 2004 • France
    Starring Ydessa Hendeles

    Agnès Varda’s lifelong interest in still portraiture informs this record of a provocative Munich exhibition by the artist Ydessa Hendeles that contemplates our need for nostalgia and comfort in a violent world through an assemblage...

  • The Beaches of Agnès

    Episode 11

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 2008 • France
    Starring Agnès Varda

    “If we opened people up, we’d find landscapes. If we opened me up, we’d find beaches.” Originally intended to be Agnès Varda’s farewell to filmmaking, this enchanting auto-portrait, made in her eightieth year, is a freewheeling journey...

  • AGNÈS DE CI DE LÀ VARDA: Episode 1

    Episode 12

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 2011 • France
    Starring Agnès Varda

    A freewheeling travelogue, a kaleidoscopic survey of the contemporary art scene, and a loving ode to creativity in all its forms, this five-part miniseries by the inimitable Agnès Varda takes us on a journey of discovery as she travels...

  • AGNÈS DE CI DE LÀ VARDA: Episode 2

    Episode 13

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 2011 • France
    Starring Agnès Varda

    A freewheeling travelogue, a kaleidoscopic survey of the contemporary art scene, and a loving ode to creativity in all its forms, this five-part miniseries by the inimitable Agnès Varda takes us on a journey of discovery as she travels...

  • AGNÈS DE CI DE LÀ VARDA: Episode 3

    Episode 14

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 2011 • France
    Starring Agnès Varda

    A freewheeling travelogue, a kaleidoscopic survey of the contemporary art scene, and a loving ode to creativity in all its forms, this five-part miniseries by the inimitable Agnès Varda takes us on a journey of discovery as she travels...

  • AGNÈS DE CI DE LÀ VARDA: Episode 4

    Episode 15

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 2011 • France
    Starring Agnès Varda

    A freewheeling travelogue, a kaleidoscopic survey of the contemporary art scene, and a loving ode to creativity in all its forms, this five-part miniseries by the inimitable Agnès Varda takes us on a journey of discovery as she travels...

  • AGNÈS DE CI DE LÀ VARDA: Episode 5

    Episode 16

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 2011 • France
    Starring Agnès Varda

    A freewheeling travelogue, a kaleidoscopic survey of the contemporary art scene, and a loving ode to creativity in all its forms, this five-part miniseries by the inimitable Agnès Varda takes us on a journey of discovery as she travels...

  • Les 3 boutons

    Episode 17

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 2015 • France
    Starring Jasmine Thiré, Michel Jeannès, Jacky Patin

    A billowing pink dress transports a stouthearted teenage girl from her farm into an anti-Cinderella fairy tale in this feminist fantasy, shot in part on Agnès Varda’s beloved home street, Paris’s rue Dagu...

  • Varda by Agnès

    Episode 18

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 2019 • France
    Starring Agnès Varda

    The final film from the late, beloved Agnès Varda is a characteristically playful, profound, and personal summation of the director’s own brilliant career. At once impish and wise, Varda acts as our spirit guide on a free-associative t...