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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Agnès Varda in California

New on Video: Agnès Varda in California

Agnès Varda first came to California in 1967, when Hollywood summoned her fellow-director husband Jacques Demy after his The Umbrellas of Cherbourg became an international hit. Varda wasn’t sure how long she’d stay, but the place just smelled like cinema, mixed…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Beaches of Agnes</i>

The Beaches of Agnes

The great idiosyncratic original of the French nouvelle vague generation, Agnès Varda began her career as a photographer and, in her use of the medium, remains one at heart. Features and documentaries are equally characterized by a fascination with the…
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Film, Film Feature Belle de 50 Ans

Belle de 50 Ans

Siren. Icon. Muse. You can apply any or all of those labels to Catherine Deneuve but trying to make any one of them stick is trickier than lighting a match in a rainstorm. Ask her about her five-decade career in…
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Film, The Zero Effect

The Zero Effect

When it made the rounds of the gay and lesbian film festivals last year, Km. 0 (Kilometer Zero) found itself the winner of several audience awards -- prizes voted on by festivalgoers themselves for the feature they happened to enjoy…
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Second Time Around

The Young Girls of Rochefort "Charm" is an overused word, but it can fairly be applied to this beautiful wide-screen musical by the late Jacques Demy, now restored to glory under the direction of his widow Agnes Varda. Already anachronistic…
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wednesday may 8 Demy Reigns A French town is recast in pastels in Jacques Demy's 1964 musical fantasy Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg). A work particularly notable for its firsts -- dialogue done entirely in song, the…
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