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Agnes Varda

June 19, 2020

The French New Wave movement that self-consciously announced its arrival on the international film scene in the late 1950s and early 1960s made household names, at least within the art house world, of directors including Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol, Louis Malle, Alain Resnais and others. Have you noticed that they're all guys? As Marie and Mike point out in this podcast episode, there was also Agnes Varda, who started making films in France in the mid-1950s and kept working right up until her death in 2019. Although she had various professional and personal connections with her fellow New Wave directors, Varda's documentaries and feature films are distinctively her own. If her name is not immediately familiar to many of our listeners, Marie and Mike provide a career overview and some viewing recommendations. Marie singles out the feature films "Cleo from 5 to 7" (1962) and "Vagabond" (1985), while Mike singles out the feature film "One Sings, the Other Doesn't" (1977) and the documentary film "Faces Places" (2017). Watch such films and you will understand why Agnes Varda received an Honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement in 2017. That same year, "Faces Places" received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary.