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Cleo from 5 to 7
     

Cleo from 5 to 7

Director: Agnès Varda, Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray

Cast: Agnès Varda, Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray

 
Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cleo de cinq a sept), per its title, concentrates on two hours in the life of a woman. Those hours are desperate ones, in that Cleo, a pop singer, awaits the results of her tests for cancer. Director Agnes Varda stages the film in "real" rather than subjective time, its various episodes divided into chapters, using significant Tarot

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Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cleo de cinq a sept), per its title, concentrates on two hours in the life of a woman. Those hours are desperate ones, in that Cleo, a pop singer, awaits the results of her tests for cancer. Director Agnes Varda stages the film in "real" rather than subjective time, its various episodes divided into chapters, using significant Tarot cards. During the allotted time, Cleo visits her friends, tries to sing her worries away, spends money, and cries.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Writer/director Agnes Varda's Cléo de 5 à 7 is one of the more unassuming works in the French New Wave -- it has neither the historical gravity of, say, Alain Resnais's Hiroshima Mon Amour nor the shock value of Jean-Luc Godard's À Bout de Souffle -- but in its own quiet way, it offers offers a meticulous record of one woman's capacity to observe, dream, and feel. In near real-time, we follow pop singer Cléo (Corrine Marchand) as she waits for her doctor's verdict on a cancer test; though the subject matter is heart-rending, Varda's athletic direction prevents the film from becoming a cloying weepie. In true New Wave fashion, she incorporates any technique that suits her needs: a meandering soundtrack that picks up ancillary characters' conversations; subjective point-of-view shots; titles that separate the film into "chapters"; and documentary-style snatches of street life. Instead of cluttering the film, Varda's flourishes have a breezy, existential quality that underscores Cléo's impending news without trivializing her predicament. Marchand aids the director immensely; her intuitive performance suggests a brainier Marilyn Monroe afflicted with spiritual malaise.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/2000
UPC:
0037429149027
Original Release:
1962
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:30:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Corinne Marchand Cleo
Antoine Bourseiller Antoine
Dominique Davray Angele
Dorothée Blanc Dorothee
Michel Legrand Bob, the Pianist
José-Luis de Villalonga The Lover
Jean-Claude Brialy Actor
Eddie Constantine Actor
Danièle Delorme Actor
Sami Frey Actor
Jean-Luc Godard Actor in Comedy Film
Anna Karina Actress in Comedy Film
Yves Robert Actor
Alan Scott Actor in Comedy Film

Technical Credits
Agnès Varda Director,Screenwriter
Jean-François Adam Production Designer
Joanna Bruzdowicz Score Composer
Georges de Beauregard Producer
Bernard Evein Art Director
Michel Legrand Score Composer
Jean Rabier Cinematographer
Alyette Samazeuilh Costumes/Costume Designer
Rose Sokol Editor
Edith Tertza Production Designer
Janine Verneau Editor

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapters
1. Logos [:15]
2. Opening Titles/Reading the Cards [4:48]
3. The Café [5:55]
4. Les Chapeaux [4:26]
5. In the Taxicab [7:19]
6. Cléo's Apartment [8:22]
7. "The doctor's here" [11:02]
8. "Damn Tuesday, I'll do as I like" [2:04]
9. Back in the Café [4:00]
10. Out on the streets [1:40]
11. The Sculptor's Studio [3:33]
12. The Dancer [4:58]
13. The Projectionist's Booth [4:30]
14. The Mirror Breaks [5:18]
15. The Park [3:21]
16. The Soldier [6:12]
17. The Streetcar [7:10]
18. The Results [4:40]

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