September 19, 2013 |
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...
November 9, 2013 |
"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.
June 22, 1989 |
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."
November 15, 2003 |
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.
June 5, 1997 |
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.
December 19, 2002 |
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.