Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
France/Italy, 1961. Ciné Tamaris, Rome Paris Films. Screenplay by Agnes Varda. Cinematography by Paul Bonis, Alain Levent, Jean Rabier. Produced by Georges de Beauregard, Carlo Ponti. Music by Michel Legrand. Production Design by Jean-Francois Adam. Costume Design by Alyette Samazeuilh. Film Editing by Pascale Laverrier, Janine Verneau. Cannes Film Festival 1962.
Fantastic entry in the French New Wave genre filmed by Agnes Varda,, who uses real time to tell the story of a sexy cabaret singer waiting for the results of a biopsy test. From 5:30 until 7 she hangs around her apartment, goes out and buys a hat, goes for a drive, rehearses with her accompanist, visits a model and meets a stranger in the park. The film keeps sharp record of the time for the whole 90 minutes, and if you watch the clock on your wall you’ll notice that the whole thing is perfectly synchronized. It’s not a gimmick movie, though; Varda keeps everything light and fun and bathes all of Paris in a beautiful silvery sheen with her gorgeous black and white camerawork, leaving the audience with more to appreciate than the film’s technical finesse. Corinne Marchand is marvelous in the lead, plus look for a cameo by the film’s composer Michel Legrand.