Agnes Varda

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Agnes Varda, one of the major French filmmakers for the last forty years is here celebrated and situated by Alison Smith, by examining both the early films and the later successes, such as Sans Toit ni Loi (1985), Jane B. par Agnes V. (1987) and Jacquot de Nantes (1991). Smith considers Varda's films in the light of her constant attention to film form, and proposes an integrated analysis of several major themes in her work, through a detailed study of her best-known or most significant films, which are then set ...
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Overview

Agnes Varda, one of the major French filmmakers for the last forty years is here celebrated and situated by Alison Smith, by examining both the early films and the later successes, such as Sans Toit ni Loi (1985), Jane B. par Agnes V. (1987) and Jacquot de Nantes (1991). Smith considers Varda's films in the light of her constant attention to film form, and proposes an integrated analysis of several major themes in her work, through a detailed study of her best-known or most significant films, which are then set in context against her lesser-known, but very extensive, oeuvre. The themes cover such issues as representation of place and community, representation of women and the use of memory, and are linked by a common concern with the process by which Varda transforms reality into constructed films. They owe their form to the combined subjectivity's of the filmmaker, the subjects filmed, and the audience.
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The author has a solid grasp of Varda’s recurring themes, and she provides clear, close analyses of her distinctive cinema. Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719050602
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Series: French Film Directors Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Smith is Lecturer in French at Keele University.

Good To Know

In our interview, Smith shared some fun facts about herself:

"I love oysters! I will only eat them raw. Last summer my friends and I rented a house for a week on Long Island. We bought an oyster knife and fresh oysters from the local fisherman and learned to shuck them ourselves. Then we had an oyster eating contest. I ate 30 in one sitting."

"The current song with which I am obsessed: Rod Stewart's Maggie May. Yes, you heard right, Rod Stewart. Listen to it -- it's a good song -- great lyrics. And the mandolin at the end -- lovely."

"When I am completely stuck with a piece of writing, I like to try standing on my head and talking myself through it. There is something about being upside down that can help me shift into a new mode."

"When I was in grade school I wanted to be a farmer so that I could hang out with the livestock. When I was in high school I wanted to be a cemeterologist so that I could hang out in Mount Hope Cemetery all day taking rubbings of gravestones. When I was in college, I though that I would be a teacher -- in order to do something useful with my life. I thought being a writer was too self-indulgent."

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    1. Hometown:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 12, 1968
    2. Place of Birth:
      Rochester, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Brown University, 1992
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

List of Plates
Series Editors' Foreword
Acknowledgements
1 Who is Agnes Varda? 1
2 Cinecriture and the power of images 12
3 People and places 60
4 Women's images and self-images 92
5 Time and memory 142
6 Performance, audience and actors 170
Conclusion 196
Filmography 199
Select Bibliography 208
Index 210
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