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November 25, 2013 | By Susan King
In conjunction with "Agnes Varda in Californialand," the first U.S. museum showcase  of the French filmmaker's artwork, the Los Angeles County Museum of Ar t is presenting the new film series "The Cinema According to Agnes Varda" next month. The series kicks off Dec. 6 at the Bing Theatre with 1961's "Cleo From 5 to 7," the 85-year-old Varda's groundbreaking character study, set in real time, about a singer (Corinne Marchand) awaiting the results of a biopsy. Following "Cleo" is a rare showing of her first first film, 1954's "La Pointe Courte" with Philippe Noiret.
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November 25, 2013 | By Susan King
In conjunction with "Agnes Varda in Californialand," the first U.S. museum showcase  of the French filmmaker's artwork, the Los Angeles County Museum of Ar t is presenting the new film series "The Cinema According to Agnes Varda" next month. The series kicks off Dec. 6 at the Bing Theatre with 1961's "Cleo From 5 to 7," the 85-year-old Varda's groundbreaking character study, set in real time, about a singer (Corinne Marchand) awaiting the results of a biopsy. Following "Cleo" is a rare showing of her first first film, 1954's "La Pointe Courte" with Philippe Noiret.
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September 4, 2013 | By Susan King
Pioneering French film director Agnes Varda will serve as guest artistic director at AFI Fest 2013 , which takes place Nov. 7-14 in Hollywood. Varda, 85, will present a program of films that have inspired her work during the festival. Details of her program will be announced later in September. Varda is considered to be a key influence on France's New Wave movement that began in the late 1950s with such young filmmakers as Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.  PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Varda actually began making her own films before the New Wave officially began.
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November 12, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
The same day this week that French filmmaker Agnes Varda was being feted by the AFI Fest in her November visit to L.A., there was other movie news in the news. Varda is a cinema ground-breaker, a feminist and artist who was one wave ahead of the New Wave film movement. At the brunch for her at the French consul general's home in Beverly Hills, Varda by happenstance sought out the spot where I was sitting - it was the shade, not me, that drew her - for the few moments that her admirers gave her to have something to eat. She is 85 and looks exactly like what she is, the most engaging person on the premises, with her witty socks, bright Bakelite necklace and her trademark Jeanne d'Arc bowl haircut, now half-auburn and half-gray, as if she'd decided what the hell, let the dye job grow out. Varda has broken ground with 50 years of films, including the still-stunning 1962 “Cleo from 5 to 7,” about a restless, anxious woman killing a couple of hours while she waits for a possibly deadly diagnosis from her doctor.
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September 19, 2013 | By Susan King
Renowned French director Agnes Varda, who was named this month as the guest artistic director of the AFI Fest 2013, has selected a program of four eclectic movies to be screened at the festival, which runs Nov. 7-14 in Hollywood.  The 85-year-old Varda, who directed her first feature, "La Pointe Courte," in 1955, has chosen films that have inspired her over the last six decades: Robert Bresson's acclaimed 1959 drama "Pickpocket"; John Cassavetes' 1974...
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November 9, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
"Let's sit inside," Agnès Varda proposed. "We'll have a kick. " Lifting her cane, the mother of French New Wave cinema began shuffling across the floor of the gallery at the Broad Contemporary Museum at LACMA. Her destination, a few paces away, was her art installation "My Shack of Cinema," a one-story walk-in structure with walls and roof made of 35-millimeter film strips from "Lions Love (...and Lies)," Varda's 1969 classic about an easygoing L.A. ménage à trois , the murder of Robert F. Kennedy and the demise of Old Hollywood.
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June 22, 1989 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
French director Agnes Varda at 61 is very much the same woman she was more than 20 years ago when she first came to Hollywood. She herself admits to no great sense of time passing, except in the maturing of her children, Mathieu, who co-stars in her new film, "Kung Fu Master!" and is now going on 17, and Rosalie, 31, who designs costumes for the opera. Varda is short, compact, dresses simply and speaks with the wit and the matter-of-factness of her films, which include "Cleo from Five to Seven," an early work in France's New Wave, and the more recent "One Sings, the Other Doesn't" and "Vagabond."
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November 15, 2003 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
The On Set With French Cinema series concludes Wednesday at the American Cinematheque with the screening of Agnes Varda's "Jacquot de Nantes" (1991), plus her latest short film, "Le Lion Volatil," a playful Surrealist postcard of her own Paris neighborhood dominated by an enormous bronze lion, around which magical events happen. Julie Depardieu and Varda herself appear in the film. A question-and-answer session with Varda follows.
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June 5, 1997 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The American Cinematheque's "The Light in Her Eyes: A Tribute to Agnes Varda" commences tonight at Raleigh Studios with the local premiere of the French New Wave pioneer's "One Hundred and One Nights," a poignant, witty salute to the 100th anniversary of the movies. It's a film buff's delight, crammed with references, clips from old films and appearances by hallowed international stars.
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June 25, 2009 | Susan King
The third annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, which opens tonight and continues through Sunday at the Egyptian Theatre, includes seven features, seven documentaries and eight shorts -- with 15 of the films making their U.S. premieres. The festival kicks off this evening with Christos Georgiou's "Small Crime."
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November 9, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
"Let's sit inside," Agnès Varda proposed. "We'll have a kick. " Lifting her cane, the mother of French New Wave cinema began shuffling across the floor of the gallery at the Broad Contemporary Museum at LACMA. Her destination, a few paces away, was her art installation "My Shack of Cinema," a one-story walk-in structure with walls and roof made of 35-millimeter film strips from "Lions Love (...and Lies)," Varda's 1969 classic about an easygoing L.A. ménage à trois , the murder of Robert F. Kennedy and the demise of Old Hollywood.
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September 19, 2013 | By Susan King
Renowned French director Agnes Varda, who was named this month as the guest artistic director of the AFI Fest 2013, has selected a program of four eclectic movies to be screened at the festival, which runs Nov. 7-14 in Hollywood.  The 85-year-old Varda, who directed her first feature, "La Pointe Courte," in 1955, has chosen films that have inspired her over the last six decades: Robert Bresson's acclaimed 1959 drama "Pickpocket"; John Cassavetes' 1974...
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September 4, 2013 | By Susan King
Pioneering French film director Agnes Varda will serve as guest artistic director at AFI Fest 2013 , which takes place Nov. 7-14 in Hollywood. Varda, 85, will present a program of films that have inspired her work during the festival. Details of her program will be announced later in September. Varda is considered to be a key influence on France's New Wave movement that began in the late 1950s with such young filmmakers as Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.  PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Varda actually began making her own films before the New Wave officially began.
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September 4, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
With film festivals in Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York all taking place this month, it seems nearly every movie with awards season hopes has already had - or has at least booked - its world premiere. But Hollywood's own AFI Fest was able to land a highly anticipated, still-under-wraps title to help kick off its November event: "Foxcatcher," director Bennett Miller's wrestling drama. The film, which stars Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, will play on Nov. 8, the second day of the eight-day festival.
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July 3, 2009 | Susan King
Agnes Varda has been directing films for 55 years. So it's no wonder she even directs an interview. "Well, what about you?" asks the award-winning French filmmaker, a youthful 81. "Are you a critic or a reviewer? Do you know who is reviewing the film? I do interviews. "So you do the 'hello, hello,' " she says.
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June 25, 2009 | Susan King
The third annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, which opens tonight and continues through Sunday at the Egyptian Theatre, includes seven features, seven documentaries and eight shorts -- with 15 of the films making their U.S. premieres. The festival kicks off this evening with Christos Georgiou's "Small Crime."
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December 19, 2002 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
ON a brief recent visit Agnes Varda arranged for a private screening at the American Cinematheque of "The Gleaners and I ... Two Years Later," the 65-minute sequel to her 2000 landmark documentary. "The Gleaners and I" is a beautiful, contemplative and remarkably resonant film in which Varda traveled over the French countryside to see if gleaning -- the ancient custom of allowing the poor to comb the fields for leftover grains, fruits and vegetables after a harvest -- still persisted.
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April 6, 2001 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Agnes Varda would probably agree with Jean Renoir's remark that, in making a film, he discovered its meaning as he went along.
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January 20, 2008 | Dennis Lim, Special to The Times
AGNES VARDA is often called the mother of the French New Wave, the loose collective of filmmakers who galvanized international cinema in the '60s and whose ranks included Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Alain Resnais, Jacques Rivette, Eric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol and Varda's late husband, Jacques Demy. Not only was Varda a virtually lone female voice in this boys' club, her emergence actually predated theirs by several years.
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November 15, 2003 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
The On Set With French Cinema series concludes Wednesday at the American Cinematheque with the screening of Agnes Varda's "Jacquot de Nantes" (1991), plus her latest short film, "Le Lion Volatil," a playful Surrealist postcard of her own Paris neighborhood dominated by an enormous bronze lion, around which magical events happen. Julie Depardieu and Varda herself appear in the film. A question-and-answer session with Varda follows.
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