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Three words are important to me: inspiration, creation, and sharing… I don’t care if my films make money. I care that my films are seen and are loved. Agnès Varda

“My mother was very funny—left wing but not politically correct. We traveled a lot together. She was so curious and she loved gossip. Qui baise qui?

“Agnès was 89 when we started VARDA BY AGNÈS. She had lung cancer and we could only work three hours a day. This film was so difficult, going from the editing room to the hospital to the editing room…

“My mother would say, Don’t complain too much. Do it. We work hard, but it should look easy. We should not show the ‘work.’ Rosalie Varda, Agnès’ daughter and a co-producer of VARDA BY AGNÈS, in conversation with Ava DuVernay*

Agnès Varda didn’t like or use the word “master” to refer to herself or her work—what she called her cinéma écriture—but VARDA BY AGNÈS, her final film, is undeniably a master class in cinema, and a “characteristically playful, profound, and personal summation of the director’s own brilliant career.”

Now playing at the Aero Theatre, these American Cinematheque screenings of VARDA BY AGNÈS will be introduced by a variety of guests, including Illeana Douglas, Julie Delpy, Chloe King, Lisa Blok-Linson, Lynne Littman, Jim McBride, and Peter Debruge. See link below for details.

Later this month, VARDA BY AGNÈS opens at the Laemmle Glendaleand Playhouse.


Through December 11.

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica.

From December 20:


207 North Maryland Avenue, Glendale.

Saturday and Sunday, December 21 and 22, 10:10 am.


673 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena.

*Rosalie Varda and Ava DuVernay in conversation, Array 360° Film Series, November 2, 2019, Array Campus, Los Angeles.

From top: Agnès Varda on the set of Uncle Yanco (1967); Varda, behind camera, shooting her first feature La Pointe court (1955); Silvia Monfort and Philippe Noiret in La Pointe court; Alain Resnais and Varda editing the film; Corinne Marchand, Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962); Le Bonheur (1965); Varda, Visages Villages (2017), co-directed by Varda and JR; Varda and Jean “Yanco” Varda, Uncle Yanco; Kathleen Cleaver in Black Panthers (1968); James Rado (left), Viva, and Gerome Ragni in Lions Love (…and Lies) (1969); Varda by Agnès (2019) (2); Jeanne Moreau (left), Hanna Schygulla, and Michel Piccoli (as Simon Cinéma) in One Hundred and One Nights (1995); 72nd Festival de Cannes tribute poster, 2019; Varda by Agnès. Images courtesy and © Ciné Tamaris, MK2, Criterion, and Janus Films.


Agnès Varda is the mother of New Wave cinema, which was born in the mid-fifties with the release of Varda’s first feature LA POINTE COURTE.

“How unusual [in 1955] to see a woman’s perspective on love presented so plainly as Varda does in LA POINTE COURTE. The film is radical in its deconstruction of feminine desire and ennui.

“After four years of marriage, Elle (Silvia Monfort) contemplates leaving her husband (Lui, played by Philippe Noiret). Not framed in Hollywood terms, the woman has no measurable reason for this change of heart except her own fledgling doubt over the idea of love itself.” — Justine A. Smith*

The film will screen this week as part of the She Makes Media series at Cal State Northridge.



Wednesday, October 3, at 7 pm.

Armer Screening Room , CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, Los Angeles.

*See: vaguevisages.com/la-pointe-courte

Above image credit: Criterion.

Below: Silvia Monfort (foreground) and Philippe Noiret in La pointe courte.


“Jacques Becker’s mise en scène flexes the emotions, the way you flex your muscles.” — Bertrand Tavernier

Long before he directed Isabelle Huppert and Philippe Noiret in Coup de torchonDexter Gordon in Round Midnight, or Dirk Bogarde and Jane Birkin in Daddy nostalgie, Tavernier was a cinephile par excellence. In his youth he founded a cinema club, wrote for Cahiers du cinéma, was an assistant to Jean-Pierre Melville, a publicist for Raoul Walsh and John Ford, and co-authored the volume 30 ans de cinéma américain (and its update 50 ans, both with Jean-Pierre Coursodon).

And he went to thousands of movies: in his hometown of Lyon, at a sanitorium in St. Gervais (recovering from childhood TB), in his boarding school village, and in Paris, a film-lover’s Valhalla. What he saw during those years he’s brought to the screen in his very personal new documentary VOYAGE À TRAVERS LE CINÉMA FRANÇAIS.

“A remarkable work, made with great intelligence. VOYAGE is enlightening about classic French cinema, and about many forgotten or neglected filmmakers. You are convinced that you know all that by heart, until Tavernier comes along to reveal to us the pure beauty of it all.” – Martin Scorsese


LAEMMLE ROYAL, 11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles


Jean Gabin and Arletty in Le jour se lève (1939), directed by Marcel Carné.


Image credit: Pathe