Varda, Agnès


Varda, Agnès

▪ French photographer and director
born May 30, 1928, Brussels

      French still photographer and one of the few successful female motion-picture directors. Her first film, Le Pointe courte (1954), was a precursor of the French New Wave films of the 1960s.

      Varda became a student at the Sorbonne and the École du Louvre and became a still photographer. As the official photographer of the Théatre National Populaire from 1951 to 1961, she discovered an interest in both theatre and film. Varda's first film, Le Pointe courte, proved her to be an original artist. Varda's second feature, Cleo de cinq à sept (1961; Cleo from 5 to 7), an introspective and intellectual film, displays the influence of the New Wave. It is an intimate account of a pop singer who sees the world around her with a new vision while she waits for the results of a medical examination that will tell her if she is suffering from a terminal illness.

      In 1964, Varda directed Le Bonheur (Happiness), an abstract picture of happiness that was to be her most controversial film. Les Creatures was released in 1966, and her most popular films of the next two decades were L'Une chante l'autre pas (1976; One Sings, the Other Doesn't) and Sans toit ni loi (1985; Without Roof or Law, or Vagabond).

      In the 1990s and into the beginning of the 21st century, Varda continued directing. Her most highly acclaimed films from this period were Les Cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma (1995; A Hundred and One Nights of Simon Cinema), about an old man with a love for movies, and Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000; The Gleaners and I), an intimate look at French country life.

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