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4 By Agnes Varda: The Criterion Collection DVD

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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

The great Agnes Varda's film career began with this graceful, penetrating study of a marriage on the rocks, set against the backdrop of a small Mediterranean fishing village. Both a stylized depiction of the complicated relationship between a married couple (Played by Silvia Monfront and Philippe Noiret) and a documentary like look at the daily struggles of the locals, Varda's discursive, gorgeously filmed debut was radical enough to later be considered one of the progenitors of the coming French new wave

Cleo From 5 To 7

Anges Varda eloquently captures Paris in this sixties with this real time portait of a singer (Corinne Marchand) set adrift in the city as she awaits the results of a biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman's life, Cleo From 5 To 7 is a spirited mix of vivid verite and melodrama, featuring a score by Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina

Le Bonheur

Though married to the good natured beautiful Therese (Claire Drouot), young husband and father Francois (Jean-Claude Drouot) finds himself falling unquestioningly into an affair with an attractive postal worker. One of Agnes Vardas most provocative films, Le Bonheur examines, with a deceptively cheery plaette and the spirited strains of Mozart, the terms of fidelity and happiness in a modern, self centered world.


Sandrine Bonnaire won the best actress Cesar for her portrayal of the defiant young drifter Mona, found frozen to death in a ditch at the beginning of Vagabond. Agnes Varda pieces together Mona's story through flashbacks told by those who encountered her (played by a largely nonprofessional cast), producing a splintered portrait of an enigmatic women. With its sparse, poetic imagery, Vagabond is a stunner, and won Varda the top prize at the Venice Film Festival.
Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Run Time: 345 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen / Fullscreen
  • Language: French
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2008
  • Packaging: Custom Case
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio: FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Color: Black & White / Color
  • Includes:
    La Point Courte

    Video Interview with Director Agnes Varda
    Excerpts from a 1964 episode of the French Television series Cineastes de notre temps, in which Varda discusses her early career

    Cleo From 5 To 7

    Rememberance, a documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with Verda and actors Corinne Marchand and Antonie Bourseiller
    Gallery of painting by Han Baldung Grien
    Excerpt from a 1993 French TV program featuring Madonna and Varda talking about the film
    Cle's Real Parth throught Paris
    Les Fiances de pont Macdonald
    L'opera Mouffe
    Theatrical Trailer

    Le Bonheur

    The Two Women of Le Bonheur
    Thoughts on Le Bonheur
    Two short pieces by Varda investigating peoples ideas of happiness
    Jean-Claude Drouot Returns
    Segments from the 1964 TV program Demons et merveilles du cinema
    Interview with Varda from 1998 about Le Bonheur
    Du cote de la cote
    Theatrical Trailer


    Rememberance, a documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with Sandrine Bonnaire and other cast members
    The Story Of The Old Lady
    Music and Dolly Shots
    A 1986 radio interview with Varda and writer Nathalie Sarraute, who inspired the film.


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