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
  • “Cinéastes de notre temps”: Agnès Varda, 1964

    Episode 1

    In this excerpt from “La nouvelle vague par elle-même,” an episode of the French television series “Cinéastes de notre temps,” director Agnès Varda discusses her early career in film. The episode originally aired May 19, 1964.

  • Agnès Varda on LA POINTE COURTE

    Episode 2

    This 2007 interview was shot at director Agnès Varda’s home office on the rue Daguerre in Paris.

  • Agnès Varda on LES FIANCÉS

    Episode 3

    In 2005, director Agnès Varda explains the idea behind the making of LES FIANCÉS DU PONT MACDONALD, the film within CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7.

  • CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7: Remembrances

    Episode 4

    In this 2005 documentary, director Agnès Varda reunites some of the actors and crew to discuss the making of CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7.

  • Démons et merveilles du cinéma

    Episode 5

    In this segment from the 1964 television program “Démons et merveilles du cinéma,” directed by Jean-Claude Bergeret, Agnès Varda directs actors and crew on the set of LE BONHEUR.

  • Agnès Varda on LE BONHEUR

    Episode 6

    In this short interview from 1998, Agnès Varda briefly discusses her ideas behind LE BONHEUR and how it was received by critics at the time of its release.

  • Agnès Varda Comes to California

    Episode 7

    The grande dame of French cinema on her love affair with the Golden State.

  • VAGABOND: Remembrances

    Episode 8

    Shot eighteen years after the release of VAGABOND, this 2003 documentary, directed and narrated by Agnès Varda, features actors from the film and recounts the events that inspired Varda to make it.