Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962) 90 minutes by Agnès Varda
Introduction and commentary by Linda DeLibero, director, Film & Media Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Cléo from 5 to 7 - Captures Paris in the 60’s with a real-time portrait of a pop singer set adrift in the city as she awaits the results of a medical test that she fears will confirm a fatal condition. A compelling portrait of a self-centered young woman who gains some wisdom when faced with her own mortality.
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The Desire to See: Agnès Varda At 90
Celebrating the remarkable six-decade career of the legendary French New Wave filmmaker
As the leading female filmmaker of the French New Wave, Varda has created a body of work whose scope and significance equals that of any other major figure of the movement. Early on she invented the term cinécriture (ciné-writing) to describe her work, meaning every aspect of a film she makes is chosen with a view to an intended effect, message or meaning. She has faithfully followed this approach in a diverse 60 year career in which she has alternated between fiction and documentary while pursuing a unique cinematic vision. Always experimental, always personal, her films focus on themes of place and community, common people facing economic or social difficulties, the challenges faced by women and the meaning of memory.