The World of Jacques Demy (L’univers de Jacques Demy) (1995)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  France/Belgium/Spain, 1995.  Canal+ Espana, Canal+, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Ciné Tamaris, DocStar, Institut National de L’Audiovisuel, La Sept-Arte, Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres et du Developpement International, Sofica Valor 2.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Stephane Krausz, Peter Pilafian Georges Strouve.  Music by Michel Colombier, Michel Legrand. Film Editing by Marie-Josee Audiard.  Agnes…

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The Gleaners and I (Les glaneurs et la glaneuse) (2000)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  France, 2000.  Ciné Tamaris.  Screenplay by Agnès Varda.  Cinematography by Didier Doussin, Stephane Krausz, Didier Rouget, Pascal Sautelet, Agnès Varda.  Music by Joanna Bruzdowicz, Isabelle Olivier.  Film Editing by Jean-Baptiste Morin, Laurent Pineau, Agnès Varda.  Cannes Film Festival 2000.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.   Agnes Varda looks up gleaners in the dictionary and finds a…

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One Sings, The Other Doesn’t (L’une chante, l’autre pas) (1977)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Venezuela/France/Belgium, 1977.  Ciné Tamaris, INLC,  Institut National de L’Audiovisuel, Paradise, Population,  Societe Francaise de Production.  Screenplay by Agnès Varda.  Cinematography by Charles Van Damme.  Music by François Wertheimer.  Production Design by Franckie Diago.  Costume Design by Franckie Diago.  Film Editing by Joele Van Effenterre.  Toronto International Film Festival 1977.    Teenager Pauline rejects her bourgeois family to help twenty-two year…

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Daguerréotypes (1976)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  West Germany/France, 1976.  Ciné Tamaris, Institut National de L’Audiovisuel, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Nurith Aviv, William Lubtchansky.  Film Editing by Andree Choty, Gordon Swire.   Filmmaker Agnes Varda was inspired by a storefront on the Rue Daguerre, where her studio is still located, whose window hadn’t changed its products…

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Faces Places (Visages, Villages) (2017)

AGNES VARDA, JR Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  France, 2017.  Ciné Tamaris, Social Animals, Rouge International, Arte France Cinema, Arches Films, Canal+, Le Pacte, Cohen Media Group.  Screenplay by JR, Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Roberto De Angelis, Claire Duguet, Julia Fabry, Nicolas Guicheteau, Romain Le Bonniec, Raphael Minnesota, Valentin Vignet.  Produced by Rosalie Varda.  Music by Matthieu Chedid.  Film Editing by Maxime Pozzi-Garcia, Agnes Varda.  Academy…

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Jacquot de Nantes (1991)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France, 1991.  Canal+, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Ciné Tamaris, La Sept Cinema, Sofiarp.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda, based on the memoirs of Jacques Demy.  Cinematography by Patrick Blossier, Agnes Godard, Georges Strouve.  Music by Joanna Bruzdowicz.  Production Design by Robert Nardone.  Costume Design by Françoise Disle.  Film Editing by Marie-Josee Audiard.  Toronto International Film Festival 1991.   Jacques…

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Great Directors

BB.5 (out of 5) Angela Ismailos travels the world interviewing filmmakers of note and having them speak on camera about their experiences and achievements.  A wonderful assortment of artists are happy to share their opinions and memories, from David Lynch talking about the career-changing introduction to Mel Brooks, to Agnes Varda reflecting on aging, Catherine Breillat discussing censorship and John Sayles spelling out the…

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Documenteur (1981)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/France, 1981.  Ciné Tamaris.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Nurith Aviv, Affonso Beato, Bob Carr.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Film Editing by Bob Gould, Sabine Mamou.  Toronto International Film Festival 1981.   Agnes Varda followed the shooting of her excellent documentary Mur Murs with this intelligent and absorbing fictional film.  It’s about a recently divorced French woman who…

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Mur Murs (1981)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  France/USA, 1981.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Nurith Aviv.  Film Editing by Bob Gould, Sabine Mamou.  Toronto International Film Festival 1981.   This scintillating collection of eye popping images was made during Agnes Varda’s years working in California.  She invites us to share her fascination with mural art in Los Angeles, traveling to various landmarks in…

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The Young Girls Turns 25 (Les Demoiselles Ont Eu 25 ans) (1993)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  France, 1993.  Ciné Tamaris.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Alexandre Auffort, Stephane Krausz, Patrick Mounoud, Georges Strouve, Agnes Varda.  Music by Michel Legrand, Jacques Loussier.  Cannes Film Festival 1993. It’s astounding how much love and affection Agnes Varda packs into 64 very short minutes. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary…

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Cleo From 5 To 7 (Cleo De 5 A 7) (1961)

AGNES VARDA 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…

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La Pointe-Courte (1955)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   France, 1955.  Ciné Tamaris.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Louis Soulanes, Louis Stein, Paul Soulignac.  Music by Pierre Barbaud.  Film Editing by Alain Resnais.   Agnes Varda, the Emily Carr of the Nouvelle Vague, made her feature debut with this unenthusiastic but poignant film.  Taking a page from Visconti, she employs non-professional…

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