Agnès Varda died on Friday – an event that I had to mark in some way. There is no real connection between Varda and silent cinema, apart from that irreverent interlude in Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962). However, her films meant a great deal to me, so this is a very small tribute. This video is a condensed version of a talk I gave at BFI Southbank on 2 June last year as part of an event called The Many Faces of Agnès Varda, in collaboration with Cléo. I was asked to discuss women and feminism in Varda’s films. Here are a few thoughts, inspired by her beautiful body of work.
If you don’t know her work, two of the films that I discuss here, Le Bonheur (1965) and Vagabond (1985), are streaming on Mubi right now. I highly recommend both.
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Practised a bit of the old joyful feminism at the BFI yesterday, as part of the fabulous Many Faces of Agnès Varda event to introduce their massive retrospective, which is kicking off now. Haven’t seen any Varda? Time to fix that. Pix stolen from fellow Vardanians @isstevens and @kiva_jane #agnesvarda #joyfulfeminist