Agnès Varda, The Beaches of Agnès, 2008 (still); image: courtesy Janus Films
Film

The Beaches of Agnès

Part of Modern Cinema: Agnès Varda

Phyllis Wattis Theater, Floor 1

$5 Members

$12 General

Agnès Varda is her own subject in the 2008 film The Beaches of Agnès. She is at once impertinent, affectionate, and sage, just as her previous films have taught us to expect. She also manages to surprise us, seeking and finding new ways of expressing herself and her joi de vivre, which in this film is tinged with melancholy. “To love cinema,” says Varda in the film, “is to love Jacques Demy, painting, family, and puzzles….” The Beaches of Agnès guides us through each of these love affairs ― yet Varda refuses to remain strictly tethered to history. In her world, imagination is as important as fact and a playfulness permeates the film all the way down to the cinematic images she creates, which often blend animation and trompe l’oeil effects into otherwise ordinary camera shots. The Beaches of Agnès tells Varda’s story, not for the first time nor the last time ― and her pure love of storytelling, art, and above all, life.

The Beaches of Agnès will be preceded by her short film celebrating love between writers, Elsa La Rose.


Film Details

The Beaches of Agnès

Director: Agnès Varda

Year: 2008

Running time: 110 minutes

Country: France

Format: Digital Cinema Package

Source: Janus Films
Elsa La Rose
Director: Agnès Varda

Year: 1966

Running time: 20 minutes

Country: France

Format: Digital Cinema Package

Source: Janus Films


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