Synopsis: Agnes Varda used the skills she honed early in her career as a photographer to create some of the most nuanced, thought-provoking films of the past fifty years. She is widely believed to have presaged the French new wave with her first film, La Pointe Courte, long before creating one of the movement's benchmarks, Cleo from 5 to 7. Later, with Le bonheur and Vagabond, Varda further shook up art-house audiences, challenging bourgeois codes with her inscrutable characters and effortlessly beautiful compositions and editing. Now working largely as a documentarian, Varda remains one of the essential cinematic poets of our time and a true visionary.
La Point Courte (1954) 80 min.
Cleo from 5 to 7 (1961) 89 min.
Le Bonheur (1964) 80 min.
Vagabond (1985) 105 min.
Country of Origin: France
Production Year: 1954
- "A full-fledged visual filmmaker...Varda sustains an unsentimental yet subjective tone that is almost unique in the history of movies.", Pauline Kael
- Release Date: Jan 22nd, 2008
- Catalog Number: CC1730DDVD
- UPC: 715515025928
- Rating: Not Rated
- Run Time: 354
- Color Format: Color
- Audio: PCM Mono
- Language: French
- 16:9: Yes
- Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
- Number of Discs: 4
- Closed Captions: No
- Subtitle: English
- Special Features:
New, restored digital transfers, supervised and approved by Agnes Varda
Three short films by Varda
On La Pointe Courte: new video interview with Varda
Also on La Pointe Courte: archival episode from Cineastes de notre temps
On Cleo From 5 to 7: 2005 doc on the making of the film
Also on Cleo: short film (2005) in which Varda retraces Cleo's steps thru Paris
Also on Cleo: Varda speaking with Madonna about the film in 1993
On Le bonheur: new interviews with the 3 actors from the film
Also: 2006 discussion w/ 4 scholars about the film; footage of Varda on set
Also: 1998 inteview with Varda; 2003 interviews on the concept of happiness
On Vagabond: 2003 doc on making of film; 2003 interview w/ Joanna Bruzdowicz
Also: 1986 radio interview w/ writer Nathalie Sarraute
Also: 2003 interview with actress Marthe Jarnias
New and improved English subtitles
PLUS: New essays by Chris Darke, Adrian Martin, Amy Taubin, Ginette Vincendeau
As well as a foreword on each film by Varda herself