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Cleo de 5 a 7
     

Cleo de 5 a 7

by Steven Ungar
 
Cléo de 5 à 7, Agnes Varda's classic 1962 work 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

Overview

Cléo de 5 à 7, Agnes Varda's classic 1962 work 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 never
considered herself a member of the core Cahiers du cinéma group of critics-turned-
film-makers.
Ungar provides a close reading of the film and situates it in its social, political
and cinematic contexts, tracing Varda's early career as a student of art history
and as 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
visual document of its historical moment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844571765
Publisher:
BFI Publishing
Publication date:
09/16/2008
Series:
BFI Film Classics Series
Edition description:
2008
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
921,585
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 7.48(h) x 0.02(d)

Meet the Author

STEVEN UNGAR is Professor of French and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa, USA and the author of a number of books, including Popular Front Paris and the Poetics of Culture (co-author with Dudley Andrew), Harvard UP 2005.

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