January 20, 2008 |
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.
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.
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.
April 6, 2001 |
Agnes Varda would probably agree with Jean Renoir's remark that, in making a film, he discovered its meaning as he went along.
April 1, 2001 |
Agnes Varda was in high spirits when she arrived at Musso & Frank's in Hollywood for a dinner interview last month before the American Cinematheque's sneak preview at the Egyptian of "The Gleaners and I." The film is a beautiful, contemplative and remarkably resonant documentary that has been hailed as a high point in a rich and varied career.
June 19, 1997 |
Director Agnes Varda, in town for her American Cinematheque retrospective this month, is glad to be back in the city she loves and in which she once lived for a time with her late husband, director Jacques Demy, and in which she has made five films. "Maybe it's because Los Angeles is related to happy years," said Varda, who is sometimes described as the mother of France's New Wave. "Jacques was invited here in 1967 by Columbia.