The beaches of Agnes

DVD - 2010

Provides a reflection on art, life, and the movies through a rich cinematic self portrait that touches on everything from the feminist movement and the Black Panthers to the films of Agnes Varda's husband, Jacques Demy, and the birth of the French New Wave.

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[S.l.] : Cinema Guild c2010.
Corporate Author
Cinema Guild
Corporate Author
Cinema Guild (-)
Other Authors
Agnès Varda, 1928- (-)
Item Description
Title from disc label.
Originally released in 2008.
Special features: two short documentaries by Agnes Varda on the making of the film; "Le lion volatil": short film by Agnes Varda starring Julie Depardieu (12 min.); biography and select filmography; theatrical trailer.
Physical Description
1 videodisc (DVD)(110 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Widescreen, 1.85:1; 5.1 soundtrack.
Not rated.
Contents unavailable.
Review by Library Journal Review

Acclaimed French photographer and filmmaker Varda (The Gleaners) turns her camera on herself in this self-indulgent, overlong, and mostly inscrutable autobiographical documentary. The film jumps nonchronologically from archival footage of films throughout the filmmaker's long and eclectic career to heavily stylized reenactments of key moments in her life to current shots of her visiting people and places from her past and wandering aimlessly on various beaches, where she makes obtuse statements about life, love, and art. The film is at times visually interesting, but it rarely ever makes sense. The few shining moments, such as a touching tribute to Varda's late husband, fellow filmmaker Jacques Demy (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), and an emotional trip to an exhibition of her early photographs, are, unfortunately, not enough to save this overall silly and incoherent mess. It includes lots of gratuitous full-frontal nudity and numerous bonus features as well. Reservedly recommended only for ardent and undiscriminating Varda fans and movie buffs who can tolerate extreme cuteness, abstraction, and narcissism.-Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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