Cleo de 5 a 7

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Cléo de 5 à 7, Agnes Varda’s classic work of 1962 depicts, in near real time, ninety minutes in the life of Cléo, a young woman in Paris awaiting the results of medical tests that she fears will confirm a fatal condition. The film, whose visual beauty matches its evocation of early Fifth Republic Paris, was a major point of reference for the French New Wave despite the fact that Varda, the only major female French director of the period, never considered herself a member of the ...

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Overview

Cléo de 5 à 7, Agnes Varda’s classic work of 1962 depicts, in near real time, ninety minutes in the life of Cléo, a young woman in Paris awaiting the results of medical tests that she fears will confirm a fatal condition. The film, whose visual beauty matches its evocation of early Fifth Republic Paris, was a major point of reference for the French New Wave despite the fact that Varda, the only major female French director of the period, never considered herself a member of the core Cahiers du Cinéma group of critics turned filmmakers.

Ungar provides a close reading of the film and situates it in its social, political and cinematic context, tracing Varda’s early career as a student of art history and a photographer, the history of post-war French film, and the lengthy Algerian war to which Cléo’s health concerns and ambitions to become a pop singer make her more or less oblivious. His study is the first to set a reading of Cléo’s formal and technical complexity alongside an analysis of its status as a document of a specific historical moment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844571765
  • Publisher: BFI Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/16/2008
  • Series: BFI Film Classics Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 6.99 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Ungar is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction Sense of Time, Sense of Place 7

Between photography and film 11

Absolute beginner? 18

The pregnant gaze 26

A film about time and space 33

By the clock and on the map 38

Painting Fear Paris 87

How many Cleos? 100

Notes 109

Credits 118

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