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THE COMPLETE FILMS OF AGNÈS VARDA

A founder of the French New Wave who became an international art-house icon, Agnès Varda was a fiercely independent, restlessly curious visionary whose work was at once personal and passionately committed to the world around her. In an abundant career in which she never stopped expanding the notion of what a movie can be, Varda forged a unique cinematic vocabulary that frequently blurs the boundaries between narrative and documentary, and entwines loving portraits of her friends, her family, and her own inner world with a social consciousness that was closely attuned to the 1960s counterculture, the women’s liberation movement, the plight of the poor and socially marginalized, and the ecology of our planet. This comprehensive collection places Varda’s filmography in the context of her parallel work as a photographer and multimedia artist—all of it a testament to the radical vision, boundless imagination, and radiant spirit of a true original for whom every act of creation was a vital expression of her very being. — The Criterion Collection

The new box set THE COMPLETE FILMS OF AGNÈS VARDA features digital restorations of thirty-nine films as well as the television productions Agnès de ci de là Varda, Nausicaa (1970), Quelques veuves de Noirmoutier, and Varda’s segments from Une minute pour une image.

Also included: rare archival footage, tributes and interviews, segments from unfinished works, and a 200-page book with contributions by Amy Taubin, Michael Koresky, Ginette Vincendeau, So Mayer, Alexandra Hidalgo, and Rebecca Bengal, as well as a selection of Varda’s photography and images of her installation art.

The feature films are divided into fifteen programs:

Agnès Forever — Varda by Agnès (2019), Les 3 boutons (2015).

Early Varda — La Pointe Courte (1955), Ô saisons, ô châteaux (1958), Du côté de la côte (1958).

Around Paris — Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962), Les fiancés du pont Macdonald (1962), L’opéra-mouffe (1958), Les dites cariatides (1984), T’as de beaux escaliers, tu sais (1986).

Rue Daguerre — Daguerréotypes (1975), Le lion volatil (2003).

Married Life — Le bonheur (1965), Les créatures (1966), Elsa la Rose (1966).

In California — Uncle Yanco (1968), Black Panthers (1970), Lions Love (. . . and Lies) (1969), Mur Murs (1981), Documenteur (1981).

Her Body, Herself — One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (1977), Réponse de femmes (1975), Plaisir d’amour en Iran (1977).

No Shelter — Vagabond (1985), 7 p., cuis., s. de b. . . . (à saisir) (1985).

Jane B. — Jane B. par Agnès V. (1988), Kung-Fu Master! (1988).

Jacques Demy — Jacquot de Nantes (1991), The Young Girls Turn 25 (1993), The World of Jacques Demy (1995).

Simon Cinéma — One Hundred and One Nights (1995).

La glaneuse — The Gleaners and I (2000), The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later (2002).

Visual Artist — Visages Villages, codirected with JR (2017), Salut les cubains (1964), Ulysse (1982), Ydessa, les ours et etc. . . . (2004).

Here and There — Agnès de ci de là Varda (2011).

Beaches — The Beaches of Agnès (2008).

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THE COMPLETE FILMS OF AGNÈS VARDA

The Criterion Collection

Agnès Varda, from top: Varda in Visages, Villages; Du côté de la côte; Black Panthers; Nausicaa; Réponse de femmes poster; Salut les Cubains (2); Shirley Clarke, Gerome Ragni, and Viva in Lions Love (. . . and Lies); One Sings, the Other Doesn’t; The Complete Films of Agnès Varda, courtesy and © Criterion; Jane Birkin in Jane B. par Agnès V.; Daguerréotypes; Agnès de ci de là Varda. Images courtesy and © the estate of Agnès Varda and Ciné-Tamaris.

RACHEL MASON IN CONVERSATION

This weekend, Joan Los Angeles presents an online conversation with CIRCUS OF BOOKS director Rachel Mason and producers Cynthia Childs, Kathryn Robson, and Rhianon Jones, moderated by Evan Moffitt.

For over thirty-five years, the gay porn shop Circus of Books served as an epicenter for LGBT life and culture in Los Angeles. Unbeknownst to many in the community it served, the store was cultivated and cared for by its owners, Karen and Barry Mason—a straight couple with three children. The documentary CIRCUS OF BOOKS is an intimate portrait of the Masons and their journey to become one of the biggest distributors of hardcore gay porn in the United States. Their story unfolds through the lens of their daughter, filmmaker and artist, Rachel Mason.

RACHEL MASON’S CIRCUS OF BOOKS—A VIRTUAL CONVERSATION MODERATED BY EVAN MOFFITT

Sunday, May 24.

4 pm on the West Coast; 7 pm East Coast.

The West Hollywood outpost of Circus had a brief resurrection in the Spring of 2020.

From top: Circus of Books, West Hollywood facade; Karen Mason taking stock; Circus of Books poster; Rachel Mason in 2019 at the Tribeca Film Festival presentation of Circus of Books; the Silver Lake location at Sunset Junction. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker and Netflix.

MARTIN MARGIELA — IN HIS OWN WORDS

There are different needs in the fashion world and I’m not sure I can feed them… I don’t like the idea of being a celebrity; anonymity is very important to me… I pushed myself constantly to extremes. I always wanted to have my name linked to the product I created, not to the face I have. — Martin Margiela*

Martin Margiela began his career as an assistant to Jean Paul Gaultier and was the creative director at Hermès from 1997 to 2003. He and business partner Jenny Meirens opened Maison Martin Margiela in 1989, and for the next twenty years—through 41 collections—revolutionized fashion.

Margiela left the fashion world in 2008. Ten year later, Reiner Holzemer—director of an acclaimed 2017 documentary about Dries Van Noten—persuaded the designer to commit, on audiotape, a reflection of his archive and legacy. The resulting film—MARTIN MARGIELA—IN HIS OWN WORDS, featuring on camera interviews with Gaultier, Cathy Horyn, Olivier Saillard, Carine Roitfeld and others—premiered last year at Doc NYC and is available for streaming now.

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MARTIN MARGIELA—IN HIS OWN WORDS*

Written, directed, and co-produced by Reiner Holzemer.

Soundtrack by Deus.

Above and below, from top: Reiner Holzemer, Martin Margiela—In His Own Words (2019), film stills (9), courtesy and © Maison Martin Margiela, Paris, the filmmaker and Dogwoof Sales. Bottom: Maison Martin Margiela label, courtesy and © Maison Martin Margiela.

THE FILMS OF NANCY HOLT

Friday Films—a project of the Holt / Smithson Foundation—continues with upcoming screenings of Nancy Holt’s PINE BARRENS, the Holt-Robert Smithson collaboration EAST COAST / WEST COAST, and Holt’s THE MAKING OF AMARILLO RAMP.

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FRIDAY FILMS

Film streams begin at 11 am on the West Coast, and end twenty-four hours later.

PINE BARRENS

Friday May 8.

EAST COAST / WEST COAST

Friday, May 15.

THE MAKING OF AMARILLO RAMP

Friday, May 22.

Nancy Holt, from top: The Making of Amarillo Ramp (1973 / 2013); Pine Barrens (1975) (2); Holt and Robert Smithson in East Coast / West Coast (1969, co-directed with Smithson); The Making of Amarillo Ramp (1973 / 2013); Pine Barrens (1975); Sun Tunnels (1978). Images courtesy and © the Holt / Smithson Foundation.

MARIAH GARNETT

Commonwealth and Commons is hosting streams of the work of Mariah Garnett.

The artist’s Fassbinder take GARBAGE, THE CITY, AND DEATH is available through May 5, and on May 8 and 9 you can watch TROUBLE, praised by Sight & Sound as “one of the best documentaries of the year.”

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MARIAH GARNETT—GARBAGE, THE CITY, AND DEATH and TROUBLE

Mariah Garnett, from top: Trouble (2019), film stills (2) and poster; Garbage, the City, and Death (2010), film stills (2). Images courtesy and © the artist.